Alright so after my realization about forcing my game I decided to let Jiu Jitsu dictate my motions tonight. No matter what I was going to stay calm and think of myself as water flowing and crashing, whatever action was called for. The old mindset was more like holding a fire hose at my opponent and keeping the water on full blast to get what I wanted. This worked sometimes but always left me tired and not feeling like a true practitioner. It went pretty much like I thought it would. I was able to move pretty well in passing and defending the guard, things just opened up or presented themselves (such as two toe holds of all things). Being this calm also brought on more chances to get tapped and I did get tapped when I went for a fancy arm bar escape. (note to self, don’t do that no mo) The best part is I left feeling very much energized and optimistic about my game. Instead of that “nearly escaping being drowned” feeling I had more of a “just swam across the beach” sensation which, as you can imagine, is still tiring but way more pleasant. I’ll keep updating this blog as my realization continues to unfold. But now do I have to change the name of the blog to “Let The Jiu Do You?”
Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Believe it or not I haven’t been slacking but have been going to class on a consistent basis. I wanted to tell you about a pretty big breakthrough I had on the mats today. I was in the middle of a pretty intense roll when something made sense. I realized that I wasn’t really doing Jiu Jitsu. I was doing something that looked a little like it but it wasn’t the actual art of Jiu Jitsu. I was putting Jiu Jitsu on the back burner as I attempted to just ‘make’ things happen myself. Like when you play guitar, you can try to do something or you can just simply do it. (Yoda and Morpheus said something to that effect as well) Trying to play a G chord is one level whereas allowing the G chord to happen through you is different. I believe at a higher level jiu jitsu is not about imposing your will on somebody but instead (when practiced correctly) becomes a series of flowing occurrences that result in eventual mastery of each situation. By trying to make everything happen I am essentially hitting the gas pedal and the brake simultaneously. For example, I’m trying so hard to pass someone’s guard that I end up with that as my only goal. I become short-sighted and end up stuck because if my path was obstructed my brain just freezes and I start bulldozing my way through. With pure Jiu Jitsu I can see it becoming more like the independent use of both pedals when needed. So I’ll see the obstruction and instantly flow around it, find another path, or simply do nothing and perhaps wait for the path to clear on its own. To sum it all up, I need to take my blinders off and become a conduit for the art. This goes hand-in-hand with my last realization about becoming the empty jacket. I’ll keep you updated on results. See ya!