I remember when I first started Jiujitsu. I remember the brown belts, black belts and even the purple belts seeming to be on such a high level, an almost unattainable skill level, that it seemed like it would take forever to get there, I knew I would get there eventually because I’m stubborn and if I’m going to do something I’m going to do it all the way, but the Jiujitsu journey seemed like a very long road.
I remember thinking “oh man when I get my black belt it’s gonna be awesome, I’m gonna be such a badass, There will be nothing more to learn” how far from the truth I was. Now I realize it’s not really about the belts, the belts are cool, but we can never stop learning, the more I learn the more I realize how little I know and how much more there is to learn. And it’s not the belts that make us better, we don’t make big improvements or huge jumps in skill level over night. What makes us better in jujitsu and everything in life, (whether it’s getting in shape, physical training, spiritual training, mental training) whatever it is, it is the little improvements, the little decisions, the little choices every day, the little choices that add up day in and day out overtime that make the big difference. The little decisions and choices of whether I’m going to play video games, or go practice jujitsu, or drinking that tasty Coke with potato chips, or a glass of sparkling water with salad and steak.
In jujitsu it’s the little improvements on the basics, a little more pressure put on the jaw of somebody from side control, or the slight adjustment of the hips to sweep someone. Jujitsu helps teach us to be persistent and dedicated and never give up, keep trying struggling day in and day out little by little and overtime we look back and see how far we’ve come.
One of the biggest reasons I like jujitsu is because it teaches us an honest assessment of ourselves, that’s what humility is, its an honest assessment of ourselves, humility doesn’t mean that we have to always bow our head down and think of ourselves as a loser. No to the contrary, it means that we see our accomplishments, but we also see how far we still have to go.
Jiu Jitsu gives us a healthy confidence. Before I did jujitsu I remember thinking, if I get good at martial arts I’ll be able to fight 10 people and be untouchable. Now after getting hammered and pounded over and over again, I realize that that is not true, but JiuJitsu dose give us a calm confidence, so that if we do get in a situation or confrontation with somebody, we will probably be alright, unless the person is twice our size and a good martial artist or something like that, but even then we won’t have that crippling fear of the unknown, and we wont freeze up , we realize that we might get beat up, but we will probably be alright, we will probably survive.
We don’t do jujitsu because we like to fight, we do jujitsu so that we don’t have to fight. “Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.” “if you want peace, prepare for war” – Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.
Jujitsu is a lot like life, it’s tough, but it teaches us perseverance, dedication,determination, humility and confidence.
Stay strong in mind, body and spirit.