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The shoulds are a nasty affliction. They’ll run through your innards faster, and more painfully than a heavyweight’s kneeride. It’ll choke your lungs with shame and fear, like a Kron Gracie cross collar choke. Eventually, the Shoulds will make you tap from the pain of disappointment and despair. But there is a different way …
When you become curious about how jiu jitsu works, you allow yourself the space to feel differences, and come up with better solutions to problems. That’s why you ought to study the science of jiu jitsu.
You’re busy, and time is precious. Nevertheless, jiu jitsu time makes it all worthwhile. Here’s how to plan for your time on the mats, and commit for the long haul.
This is a recounting of a fight. A feeling that changed the angle of the lens I view life through… By Leon Comino.
How do we stay safe on the mats while maintaining the integrity of our art? Here is one way to train with effectiveness, and still be able to do it for a lifetime.
How can you train to ensure you learn, you stay safe, and you have fun, all at the same time? The answer is right in here.
You trained for some time, but you got injured, and you decided that this art just isn’t for you. That’s unfortunate. With some strategies you can mould your luck to have fun and be safe on the mats.
You can look around all you like and you may find something. But when you start to search within, this is where the answers lie. Doing a mind/body scan is the way to build self awareness. Try it and see for yourself.
I’d heard of his name before, but I’d never experienced his jiu jitsu firsthand. Then I went to my first ever Pedro Sauer seminar. Life will never be the same.
You feel the pain more than ever when you’re prevented from being on the mats. You hate having to sit out and watch when you could be learning, and growing, and having bundles of fun. But you’re injured. Now what do you do?
You do jiu jitsu to help yourself. To help yourself you need to look out for others. This is very much an inner journey, and yet it’s done with the others around you. Your teammates need you. Help them out.
Fighting your opponent’s movements is a path to nowhere. Instead, work with their energy, and the workings of nature. This is the way of Higher Jiu Jitsu.
Dave Camarillo came to Higher Jiu Jitsu for his second seminar instalment. These are the reflections of head coach John Smallios.
To the students of jiu jitsu who are regularly told to relax, and take it easy. No we don’t blame you. We understand, and we’re here to help.
You love jiu jitsu. It challenges you and you’ve never been so enthusiastic about anything in your life. But how much do you rely on it? How much jiu jitsu is enough? Just like on the mats, you seek balance as a way to keep yourself on your feet. Here’s how..
Day in and out we don the gi and we go to jiu jitsu. The techniques, and the rolls are like the gateway to something much bigger. When you sow seeds of learning, you benefit for years to come. We play the long game, and this is the bigger purpose we serve.
Things are changing. Patterns are emerging. The result? Quality of life. This is the Higher Jiu Jitsu Story. And we’re here for the everyday people of Sydney.
You want to be good at everything you do, jiu jitsu included. And in order to win, you feel the need to bring your A game to every class. Your game is a good guide, but it’s a terrible protector because you never let yourself learn. Screw your game. Be a gold digger instead.
Who are you to enjoy jiu jitsu? Who are you to wear that colour belt? What makes you think you can help others on the mats? If you’ve ever been paralysed by these thoughts, you’re not alone. Here’s how to work with Imposter Syndrome within jiu jitsu.
You want to be happy. But something is off. While everyone else is off getting better, and making the most of their jiu jitsu time, you’re being held back. You think certain things, yet you wouldn’t dare tell anyone else. This is what’s holding you back. It’s time to start talking. It’s time to start telling the truth. These are your jiu jitsu secrets. Tap them out, and you flourish for life.
Jiu jitsu is like a rollercoaster of emotions. Sometimes you win big and sometimes you lose big. At the end of the day, the real measure of success is being in it for the long haul.
They say home is where the heart lies. Then there’s your jiu jitsu academy. You show up to practice martial arts, and the benefits go well beyond this. The community and the camaraderie within the dojo is one to be felt. Here is why.
You want to get better, so do you roll hard or light? This is an ongoing question and from this point on it’s a futile debate. Be your best self. This is how you get better, and this is how you do jiu jitsu for a lifetime.
You’re hanging in there. Between work, and life, being healthy and tending to yourself feels like a chore. No matter how hard you try it’s just one big struggle. Fear no more, for jiu jitsu is here.
You show up day in and out to train jiu jitsu. You love it, yet you’re constantly left frustrated at your lack of improvement. Perhaps you’re just not looking in the right places. Here’s another way to look into getting better at jiu jitsu.
Life is beautiful. You wake up in the warmth of a comfortable bed. You get up on your feet without a thought, and you head to your fancy kettle. With the tap of a latch your water is boiled, and your exotic Kenyan coffee brew is prepared. Eventually, you jump in your car, and with […]
I’d just finished school and the big, bad world of adult life was upon me. Uni lectures quickly drained my enthusiasm. Whilst everyone else debated the rule of law I’d be watching jiu jitsu instructionals on Youtube. The P’s eventually got the degree. But I knew it wasn’t for me. I longed to pursue the […]
You’re also a good person. You don’t intend on kicking people upside the head. There’s never been a need to break an arm so far, so why care about learning self defence now?
Jiu jitsu is a martial art that prepares you for a fight. But you don’t learn it by fighting. Training like this will only lead to injuries. You get better in an environment of learning. This is how your jiu jitsu will excel and this is how you will prosper in life.
You want to improve. So you;re told to train hard, and fight for the things you want.
Sure, you need to show up. You ought to come in with a good attitude.
But how much effort is too much? When does your enthusiasm get in the way, and how can you use it in the right way?
Read on for more.
Change is complex. Building skills is hard work. You’ve been trying for ages. You follow your favourite athlete’s advice, and it leads you nowhere. There’s ups and downs and the struggles are real for everyday people. No-one seems to understand. Until now. We’re here to help.
“There is no top rung. And no bottom rung. There’s only the next rung of the ladder. And the one after that (and of course, the one after that, ad infinitum).”
Einstein said the only source of knowledge is experience.
This is a picture of triumph.
It is also a picture of pain.
This moment served as a pivotal course of action. Every moment can.
You can only control yourself. How do you respond?
Parts of a whole always rely on the other parts to function. They have to.
Just like this one sentence means little without the context of what’s written above and below it, and in accordance with the whole article.
This is the trouble with isolation.
No one part of the body moves without support and adjustment from the rest of the structure.
An expert tells you what to do while a coach guides you through the process. At Higher Jiu Jitsu you won’t be told what to do as much as asked how it feels? The most effective knowledge lies within yourself. It is our aim to faciliate the jiu jitsu, and help you uncover that for yourself.
Is jiu jitsu on your mind all the time? Do your dreams all include jiu jitsu?
Face it. You’re in love. So am I.
And it only gets higher. Because in jiu jitsu, there is no perfection, only endless refinement.
This is life, and always will be.
When you seek to move with quality, you may do less, but you’ll do it better.
That’s as good a goal as any.
You my precious friend, can be a real bully.
Sure, I love you for reading this, and I appreciate you with my life.
You’re probably just about the coolest person on Earth.
I know you mean well, doing your best you can with what you have at your disposal.
And still, you choose to think, and talk about yourself as you would a stubborn mule.
Meditation has changed my life.
No, I haven’t become Buddhist. No, I do not note ‘spiritual’ as my official religion. And I’m just about 26 years old, so mid-life crisis has nothing on me.
I once considered the thought of meditation too taboo, and Surry Hillslike, to warrant my full attention. I was aware the benefits were plentiful, and the mind body connection is an important one.
Injuries suck. I hate them. And so do you.
Misdirected enthusiasm, coupled with ignorance is a dangerous combination. The trap of thinking you are invincible is an easy one to fall into.
We can do better. We can be smarter.