As I meditate on how to best use my finite time, my thinking inevitably returns to the fundamental function of my life: teach Jiu Jitsu to bring more Good into the world.
Mastery is a movement toward efficiency. Whether becoming a master on the mat or in life, we are always working to strip away the unnecessary as we seek the ideal expression of our being. As Lao Tzu said,
“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
And so we are tasked to constantly refine our uses of time to parallel a preconceived ideal. Since opening MBJJ late last year, I have further solidified an already strong belief: Jiu Jitsu is an unrivaled vehicle for personal development.
With limited time, we must choose disciplines which train the many facets of our being in the most optimal way. Jiu Jitsu serves this function in the modern man and woman: training our body, mind, and spirit to a great degree through a single medium.
This, I have come to believe, is rare.
There are countless disciplines which train one aspect of our being, a handful that train two, but very few that legitimately train all three. The gym trains the body but neglects the mind. Sitting in a pew at church revitalizes the soul, but the body atrophies. And the local bar provides fellowship while robbing you of your health and mind.
But Jiu Jitsu is different.
Our students continue to lose weight and shape their bodies without the monotony of the treadmill. The heavy cognitive load Jiu Jitsu requires trains the student’s problem solving abilities under pressure. And all of this is done within a community of supportive teammates which fuels your soul through fellowship.
Jiu Jitsu Is A One-Stop Shop
I have yet to find a better tool for personal development which so encompasses the whole of one’s humanity. I have wrestled with this for years, Is there a better use of one’s time aimed at personal development?
I spent all last winter trying to answer this question through writing, which ultimately became On Jiu Jitsu, an examination of the training of our virtues and removal of vices through Jiu Jitsu.
I continue searching for alternative means with which to fulfill these aims, as we must always protect ourselves from the self-aggrandizement of one’s own path.
But I haven’t found it.
Jiu Jitsu is a one-stop-shop for the needs of a growing individual. The pursuit of mastery in this craft forces one’s evolution in body, mind, and spirit, and raises our humanity to heights proportionate to our understanding and efficacy within the art.
Call to Action
Our time is limited. The more responsibilities we acquire, the more we will have to use our time wisely to best fulfill our obligations.
Jiu Jitsu is the vehicle through which we mold all aspects of ourselves while enjoying the fellowship of a supportive community. We must treat our practice sincerely. It is a support system which will uphold the rest of our lives, so long as we continually show up to class and put forth sincere effort toward our own evolution.
Be sincere in your practice. Your humanity demands it.