Any discipline can offer a pathway to the better understanding of one’s self… whether it’s in art, music, gaming or sports - there is a level of growth and discovery that comes from pursuing a level of mastery in a skill.
This is one of the gifts that Jiu Jitsu offers.
It is a particularly deep discipline where the student embarks on a journey that requires heart, humility, resilience and compassion.
Everyone has a different reason for training Jiu Jitsu. Whether you train for fitness, or for the love of the sport, or you're preparing for world competition - everyone should be striving for the same goal: to realise their full potential.
It’s not about victory, or reaching an end, or getting your black belt… Maybe it’s all of them together, but the REAL growth occurs from facing your challenges; physically, mentally and emotionally.
"Not Just a Fight Style, It’s a Lifestyle!"
The practitioner gets what they want out of it... and more.
If you wish to learn self-defense, it’s one of the most powerful self-defense systems created.
If you wish to challenge yourself, you will face your demons and discover new limits.
If you wish to get fit, you’ll find a new level of love and respect for your body.
However, the way of discipline is not easy… and not everyone will experience the same benefits that Jiu Jitsu can offer.
It is the martial artist who is open minded, accepting and humble who will benefit the most.
It is the martial artist who develops the habit of discipline and consistency of action who will experience transformation.
“Nothing is given, everything is earnt.”
For those who don’t know, Jiu Jitsu is a self-defense system that focuses on grappling, ground fighting and submissions. John Danaher (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and renowned instructor) infamously breaks down the system into 4 stages:
1. Take your opponent to the ground.
2. Get past your opponent’s legs.
3. Work through a hierarchy of positional pins.
4. Submit your opponent.
When training Jiu-Jitsu, you are facing reality on a regular basis. You are confronted with problems that you have to solve while under pressure. You apply what you have learnt to achieve a certain goal and if you make mistakes... you pay for them.
But that's okay. Because failure is part of the process and it’s necessary for your growth. Accept those mistakes, learn from them and improve for next time.
“You never lose, you either win or you learn.”
A word from Sensei Davi Mattos (Director and Head Coach of Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Perth)
“We all have our own weaknesses and things to improve on. But I believe that Jiu Jitsu has the power to change people’s lives, bringing out the best in each and every person. This requires humility to accept our faults, ask for help when needed and to be gracious in defeat.
That’s why my goal is to use Jiu Jitsu as a platform to share this experience and ultimately, empower others to thrive in all areas of life.
We take pride in building a school of individuals from all walks of life, no matter their age, ability or goals, everyone is the same on the mats.”
Thank you for taking the time to read this far.
The Jiu Jitsu lifestyle means to be surrounded by good people, care, work hard, pass the art off, get better everyday, be healthy and happy. We accomplish this by adhering to the values of the 6 Blades: Family, Loyalty, Respect, Honor, Discipline and Attitude.
If you’re looking to try something different, challenge yourself and learn a new skill while you’re at it, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Perth is offering a FREE trial class to get you started on your journey. We provide you with everything you need for the first session including uniform, all you need is to book your lessons and show up!
4/5/2021 11:22:19 am
While there are people who can do math and physics in a purely theoretical fashion, BJJ doesn’t work like that. You have to actually practice the technique to get better at it. Theory alone doesn’t get you anywhere. But the fundamental building blocks are nevertheless very similar.
2/11/2021 01:51:58 pm
It helped when you mentioned that there is always a level of discovery and growth that comes from pursuing a level of mastery. My cousin mentioned to me last night that he is considering enrolling my nephew in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults a trusted Brazilian jiu-jitsu class as they can answer all his inquiries and will provide the proper training for my nephew.
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