Helping You Learn, Progress And Succeed In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jiu Jitsu is a fun and simple thing.
Keeping your mind focused on fun will take you far.
"People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing," said Dale Carnegie.
Keeping your mind focused on simple things will take you far, too.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," said Leonardo da Vinci.
To keep training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fun and simple, here are some ideas to focus on.
The end is where the brain begins. The brain is constantly trying to predict the future.
American poet T.S. Eliot writes, "What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
The human brain always wants to jump ahead, to figure things out, to do before really knowing.
The brain is an instrument of anticipation.
Your brain is always guessing at what lies ahead and working toward that goal -- many times without sufficient information.
You think things are going to be one way and they are another. The path to improvement comes from exposure to these mistakes.
Allow your mistakes to be a source of amusement and not frustration.
Your brain learns from mistakes and uses them for improvement.
Stalling in training actually leads to a stall in progress.
Being open to tapping and losing actually provides more feedback for future progress.
High-level organization in jiu jitsu comes with not just time on the mat, but time understanding the system and methods to achieve the goal of submission.
Albert Einstein believed that "play is the highest form of research."
Jiu Jitsu feels like the ultimate form of play, but many people approach it with a deadly serious attitude -- an attitude that blocks the learning process.
“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning,” writes author Diane Ackerman.
So remember, in working to improve in jiu jitsu, the words of Carl Jung: "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."
Keep it fun. Keep it simple. They will take you far.
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in learning theory, movement, neuroscience, and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.