Monday, 26 May 2008

26/05/08 - BJJ, Life and Change.


I think that overall, personal development is a big part of the martial arts.

I'll share something with you guys; as a kid, i did some Karate. Given how anti-traditional-martial-arts i am now, that's kind of embarrassing to even say. That was back in the day when the Karate Kid was still cool, and Black Belts seemed to have the aura and mystery that just eluded Pro-Wrestling, of which i was a big fan at the time.

After about two months at one class a week though, i lost interest. It was boring. Learning something and then just drilling it for hours upon end couldn't be more of a turnoff to me; this is why i LOVE BJJ. Everyone is different; after you drill a move and put it into your greater gameplan, there are still times when the move won't be effective, no matter what the technique is. No matter how many times i tried to throw kicks, my legs (i had short tendons, causing me to walk on my toes for the first 12 years of my life) wouldn't let me do it without losing balance. This was so disheartening as a kid, that i simply didn't want to carry on.

This is where the art of BJJ differs from the rest; you make the game suit you. There's no set techniques to learn, no kata, no pre-set patterns to bore the pants off you within the first few weeks.

BJJ is an art where everything changes, and it very quickly reflects on life. The same frameworks that make us who we are are so similar to the frameworks that make us good grapplers, yet people just don't see the connection.

Life is about learning, and taking new things on board; I could very easily spend the next 10 years just doing the same thing over and over again, but where's the fun in that? The beauty of both life and BJJ is change, and change is a very good thing.

Change the game, don't let the game change you.

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