Thoughts about Jiu-Jitsu and the Universe

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I really like this sentiment from Eddie Bravo, mostly because I agree with it, but I think it may go a long way in closing the gap between all the jiu-jitsu factions around today. It’s all jiu-jitsu.

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I just watched Metamoris 3 and was impressed with how Eddie Bravo imposed his will on Royler Gracie, but there was weakness in Bravo’s game. Despite the fact that Bravo controlled the fight, he could not finish Royler, not only could he not finish him, he could not hurt him. Most of Bravo’s moves were pain compliance moves, yeah, I’m sure they hurt, but a tough opponent won’t tap to them. If you’re really fighting, pain compliance may be useless when one’s ass is really on the line. My point is simple, we shouldn’t rely on moves that just hurt; they should also either do physical damage or cause unconsciousness, an effective finishing technique, in my opinion, must debilitate or at least have the capability of debilitating your opponent. Every submission should have the capability of causing damage or unconsciousness.

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I read somewhere that Carlos Gracei Jr. makes sure he gets eight hours of sleep and since I respect the man, I’m going to bed. Goodnight and sweet jiu-jitsu dreams

After watching this young lady, Taylor Guerra, and many other young ladies in the jiu-jitsu world, straight up dominate a lot of their male peers, I can’t help but think that these young men will be much better off knowing that a girl can and has whipped their ass. It’s hard to be sexist when you’ve been beaten, and that lessen is a valuable one. Jiu-jitsu has many wonderful things about it, this is just one more.

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I read something on Facebook, a meme or something, that said (I’m paraphrasing) rejection is redirection. It was one of those things about human relationships, but of course to me it was really about jiu-jitsu. Think about it for a second. We try to put a move on someone (much like trying to apply a technique) and if we’re rejected or thwarted or denied we find a different route, we try something or someone else. We may try a few times, but then we move on.

The same applies to jiu-jitsu. I try to triangle someone and it’s “rejected” or defended, then I redirect my energies to something else like and arm lock from the bottom, if that’s rejected maybe I go for an omoplata. We don’t shutdown because something didn’t work, we redirect our energies, we try something else and that’s the beauty of good jiu-jitsu—When our technique is rejected, we redirect.

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Alan Watts, a philosopher in the sixties and seventies, used the term “guru wars” in one of his talks that I recently listened to on Youtube. It so reminded me of the state of jiu-jitsu today that I felt I had to write something about it; Watts talks about people searching for enlightenment and becoming attached to their guru, and then having the attitude that their guru is better than everyone else’s. I feel the same thing happens in jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu students swear by their teachers, by their instructors, and professors. They’re so caught up in their “guru” being better than everyone else’s “guru” that they miss the opportunity to learn jiu-jitsu from other places. It’s about jiu-jitsu, not about idolatry, not about worship. I follow Pedro Sauer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t follow other people, what I really do is follow jiu-jitsu.


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A few of my illustrations were put up on the We Love BJJ Facebook page (thanks for doing that, by the way), and the response was pretty good. People seemed to like them, which is nice because I like them. The things I draw make me laugh and it’s nice to know other people enjoy them as well.

It seems like the things we do for ourselves are always good things, not everyone will get it, but some do, and even if no one understood us, sometimes it’s nice to make ourselves happy. Sometimes it’s best not to care what other people think. That’s the best way to be. I’ve been taking a little break from my jiu-jitsu illustrations, but I think it’s time to get back at it.

Tonight during class I was reminded how simple and wonderful life can be. I was just doing jiu-jitsu and I was happy, no worries, no pressures. I wasn’t trying to kill anyone and no one was trying to kill me, just a bunch of people on the mat doing the same thing I enjoy doing. I’m not sure why a lot of us feel like we have to chase happiness, why we think we must suffer before happiness can come. For me, happiness is jiu-jitsu and I can do that everyday.

I’ve been writing every day, but I haven’t been posting everything. I should be able to type and post everything by this weekend…slacking a little.

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