7 Jiu-Jitsu Lessons Learned Only From Experience
October 6, 2014
In life there are some things you will learn on your own. No one will be able to teach you certain things. In Jiu-Jitsu there are things you will have to experience to understand.
#1. You will learn what it feels like to be helpless
There will come a point in every Jiu-Jitsu student’s life where they feel helpless on the mat. A skilled opponent can hold you down in such a way that makes you feel powerless. Sometimes the only thing you can do is tap. It develops humility in Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. There maybe several people you know that would could benefit from this lesson.
While training in Jiu-Jitsu, you will develop a special bond with your training partners. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s a relationship that comes forged only through the rigors of training. You may not know them as well others, but the bond is still there.
#3. You will see people in a different light
You can learn a lot about others when you roll with them. People react differently to the pressure and challenges of Jiu-Jitsu. Some panic, some give up, and others weather the storm. How they react on the mat can show you a lot about them.
#4. You will learn a lot about yourself
Jiu-Jitsu is mentally therapeutic. It will clear your mind and allow you to put many things in perspective. It’s also a path to self-discovery. It can help you to find out who you are, and what you’re made of.
#5. You really have to love Jiu-Jitsu
I’ve never met a Black Belt that didn’t love Jiu-Jitsu. For those that decide to stay, it stops becoming a hobby. It develops into a lifestyle. It’s a passion that fuels the rest of their lives.
It’s definitely within the realm of possibility to be good at Jiu-Jitsu training casually. Making it to the top is another story. Top-level Jiu-Jitsu competitors don’t train 2 hours a week. They don’t sit out rounds. You have to be willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears. You have to be willing to go hell and back.
#7. It has the ability to change your life in a way you would never expect to be possible
Many people try Jiu-Jitsu. Not many make it to blue belt, fewer even to purple and brown belt. Very few make it to black belt. Regardless of when you stop training Jiu-Jitsu (if ever) or what level you are, Jiu-Jitsu can create beneficial change in your life.