Science of Skill has an interesting article on the mindset people have acquiring their black belt, and then what comes next. Unfortunately some people view their black belt as the final destination in their jiu jitsu adventure (not that final destination- you know what I’m talking about). As the article points out though, “there is no finality in jiu jitsu”.
For many martial arts a black belt is indicative of total mastery of the art, because the art itself doesn’t change all that much. I’m thinking more in terms of striking arts: there are only so many ways you can punch or kick a person. Jiu jitsu however is constantly evolving, changing, following and ebb and flow of different techniques that are focused on. It’s nearly impossible to master all of these techniques in one lifetime. A black belt is a tremendous milestone, absolutely, but it is by no means the end of the story.
One might say jiu jitsu is ….. a neverending story
If you don’t understand this reference, I’ll be tremendously sad.
Anyway, check it out, and have a great day everyone!