Throughout life, we are confronted with problems and challenges everyday.
For the most part, we’re able to quickly overcome them without much trouble.
We either come up with a quick solution, or use a strategy that’s worked in the past.
Problems become more difficult when there’s no obvious solution or if you’ve never encountered the situation before.
These problems can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, and in some cases alter the course of one’s life.
Consider the following scenarios:
Let me ask you - if you were the person in any of these situations, how confident are you in your ability to handle the situation?
Reflecting upon your values and moral code, would you stand up for yourself/victim or helplessly be victimised?
Of course, ideally, you would try to avoid/prevent the situation from happening in the first place…
But in life, there are things that are just inevitable or out of our control.
What We CAN Control
With all the problems that we can encounter in life, no matter how big or small, or how life-threatening, it’s our self-confidence in the ability to defuse, control or nullify the problem that separates the “strong” from the “weak”.
> A confident person will voice their opinion despite the possibility of disagreement or being disliked.
> A confident child is less likely to be bullied if they stand up for themselves and carry themselves in a way that’s difficult to put down.
Those who possess self-defense knowledge have a powerful tool to serve them and others in any life situation.
However, to earn this superpower, you must first shed your fear of failure.
And there’s no platform in the world that does this better than Jiu-Jitsu.
Jiu-Jitsu is not only proven to be one of the most effective self-defense systems in the world, it also holds many subsequent benefits which can be deemed as a real life superpower. We explain why in our other blog post here.
In a nutshell, Jiu-Jitsu focuses on bringing your opponent to the ground which holds many advantages to those who know the game.
Techniques used in Jiu-Jitsu heavily focus on body positioning, the use of leverage and strategic movements that allow a smaller but more knowledgeable person to effectively defend against a much larger opponent - and in many cases, without the need to impose significant harm.
“Between strength and technique, technique wins. If strength and technique are the same, the Spirit wins.” - Miyamoto Musashi.
Embracing Fear and Failure
The nature of the martial art is an individual sport that requires training partners to practice against. This creates a realistic, live situation where you get to practice techniques in a safe and controlled environment.
You learn new techniques.
You practice it.
You test it against training partners.
You learn from your failures and get better.
By confronting failure on a daily basis, your mentality towards life shifts.
It changes your outlook on challenges and difficult situations.
You begin to let go of the fear of failure and embrace it as a learning opportunity, and accept it as part of the process.
This consistent cycle of try, fail and success unlocks unshakable confidence and empowerment to advocate for yourself in ANY situation or relationship on OR off the mats.
On Monday, January 18th, Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Perth celebrated the relocation to our new home. A journey that started as a small team in 2016, to officially becoming a School in 2018, and now grown to what has become a wholesome extended family.
It was time to expand our venue and continue our mission to empower others to be the best version of themselves.
Led by Sensei Davi Mattos (trained under Jiu-Jitsu legend and world champion Fredson Alves), RJJ Perth has always been his dream - to create a Martial Arts school that’s accessible to everyone (no matter their age, ability, or goals), that embodies the values and traditions of the “Modern Samurai”.
Developing Skills For Life
What is a Modern Samurai you ask?
Martial art education is not only necessary but vital for the development of a solid society. Jiu Jitsu is a vehicle for developing human potential, where character and values are built through discipline, hard work, and respect.
We believe that the pillars of success on the mats translate to success in life - and transformation occurs when the student embodies and applies these principles.
“Jiu-Jitsu will give confidence in yourself to become a champion not only on the mats but in your life!” - Sensei Davi Mattos
Through the discipline of Jiu Jitsu, you’re faced with reality and challenges every single day.
Although these challenges may seem different from the ones that we deal with at home, school, or work, how we handle these situations is influenced by the same thing.
How you respond to adversity/problems/challenges will determine the outcome.
Do you stay calm and think it through before reacting?
Get emotional and abrupt in anger?
Let it go?
Or do you focus, work hard and take action?
The martial artist who is open-minded, accepting, and humble will learn through the physical, mental and emotional challenges they face in a safe and controlled environment (a Jiu Jitsu School) and carry these valuable lessons into the real world.
For example RJJ’s Biggest Challenge
Despite the milestone of our new facility, 2020 has been a year to remember.
Problems are opportunities to grow.
And every single hardship that our School encountered has made our team stronger. Covid was one of those hardships, and the biggest challenge our School has faced.
Although we were all stuck at home and physical contact training was compromised, our community remained integral to the Ribeiro 6 Blades values: Family, Respect, Honor, Discipline, Attitude, and Loyalty.
We got set up online and ran modified Jiu Jitsu specific classes for drills, stretches, yoga, and conditioning… and through it all, we continued to train, sweat, and laugh our way through the obstacle with great spirit.
A few words from Sensei Davi Mattos:
It’s been humbling to see our School’s evolution and to be part of a journey that’s greater than just myself. Our new School provides a safe and authentic environment for everyone to learn, experience, and grow.
A warm thank you to everyone - our students, parents, and the staff for your ongoing support and helping make this dream come true. The school is yours as much as it is mine so please make use of it and treat it like your home.
Always believe in your dreams.
There will be a lot of people bringing negativity and doubt, but if you really believe and put in the effort, everything is possible.
I believe that growth comes from being open-minded and sharing experiences with others. That’s why everyone is welcome to our School. I encourage our students to bring their friends, even from other Jiu Jitsu schools to train with us.
It’s been a long journey since 2016 when it all started, but this is only the beginning - and the sky’s the limit.
It’s time to show the world the value of Martial Arts education by living through our actions every day and setting good examples at every level of society.