Helping You Learn, Progress And Succeed In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Many think they don't.
I can assure you that you do.
Many focus only on the physical skills required in Jiu Jitsu.
Much more important are the mental skills of Jiu Jitsu. The most important mental skills are understanding how to learn and change.
Once you understand these, you can be good at Jiu Jitsu, or anything else you choose.
Efficiency Is The Key To Change
"We can not become what we want by remaining what we are."
When people think of Jiu Jitsu, they may think of toughness, endurance, strength, and flexibility. Not everyone has those skills.
Physical skills, however, are not essential to getting started in learning Jiu Jitsu.
The most important skills reside inside you.
The skills to learn, the skills to change.
If you have these, you can be good at Jiu Jitsu.
To improve at jiu jitsu, students will go through tremendous change. You will not get good at jiu jitsu by staying the same person you were when you first stepped on the mat. Jiu Jitsu requires a new approach.
This is a concept that does not come easily to new students.
Most have been taught that improvement comes with effort and repetition. No pain, no gain. If at first you don't succeed, try again.
These notions actually interfere with progress in jiu jitsu – and daily life.
Work needs to be separated from effort. Hard work is necessary for improvement; however, effort and strain block learning.
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.