As a martial arts form, Jiu-Jitsu is wonderful to physically overcome challenges one faces in life. It teaches and promotes:

  • Patience to size up your opponent and surrounding environment, get a clear understanding of what you are dealing with and to create the most advantageous time to take action or use non action
  • Decision making, commitment and taking action to achieve your objective
  • Calculated “risk taking” to grow and evolve and move outside one’s limitations
  • How to strategize to achieve successful outcomes
  • The use of failure as feedback to develop Strategies of Success
  • How to create win/win outcomes
  • Cause and Effect – Being Responsible for what you think, say, do and the results you create in your life
  • The importance of discipline to build Character, Integrity and Perseverance and a strong and healthy mind & body
  • Flexibility – Behavioral & Physical
  • The importance of Planning, Setting Goals and following through. Doing whatever it takes
  • The Mindset of a Champion
  • The importance of Leverage
  • The importance of Passion – Doing what you love
  • Pursuit with passion produces progress & increases productivity
  • Self confidence, self esteem, self worth & self empowerment
  • Good Rapport – The state of Trust and Responsiveness
  • Good Communication and Active Listening – Listen with all of your senses to glean the information you need to for effective communication
  • Balance
  • Mobility, Speed & Agility
  • Strength – Inner and Outer
  • Connection to Self and Others
  • Compassion, tolerance, non judgment and benevolence
  • The power of “Laser like” focus
  • Having a crystal clear Vision – Visualizing the outcome you desire
  • Heightened sense of awareness and sensory acuity
  • Relaxing into rather than struggling against your opponent
  • The use of momentum
  • Modeling Excellence
  • Conservation of energy and how to maximize the strength and energy potential you have
  • The development of a large repertoire of skills & skill sets, behaviors and movements to increase choice
  • Respect for Self and Others
  • The Attitude of Gratitude, Appreciation & Humility for Self and Others
  • Fun and Playfulness
  • Sense of Humor
  • Courage
  • Becoming a Leader – Adopting the role of the Servant Leader – assisting others to achieve their goals resulting in you achieving your goals
  • Learn Do Teach – What you learn you do and teach others to do, to promote knowledge, wisdom and the practical application of the tools and skill sets
  • The role of “Family” and “Community” – Building a team of people around you to create your ultimate goal/legacy
  • Physical Fitness and Athleticism
  • Optimal Health – Good Nutrition for Mind & Body
  • Spiritual Development

Who we are, who we aspire to become, what actions we choose to take or not to take are all dependent upon our thoughts in our mind.

Imagine what it would be like if we applied what we learn physically from Jiu-Jitsu to our mind and how we think.

Let’s talk about “Mental Jiu-Jitsu” or “Jiu-Jitsu for the mind.”

When we are faced with challenges/problems in our life they can often seem daunting and insurmountable. They “appear” bigger and stronger than us. In some cases overcoming them seems “impossible.”

What happens when you are faced with obstacles like this in your life? Do you get angry, frustrated, scared, overwhelmed or sad? Do you feel like you have no choice?

Do you tend to give up and let go of your dreams? Have you ever given up a dream or a goal because you didn’t know how to get it? It just seemed out of your reach? Most people have.

Dealing with challenges or problems are just like dealing with an opponent in Jiu-Jitsu.

Picture this:  A Jiu-Jitsu Instructor is demonstrating g a worst-case scenario with a white belt (Novice) participant – The good guy (white belt participant) is lying on the ground face up, bad guy (played by the Instructor) is kneeling straddled over him. In this position the bad guy can attack his opponent and completely overcome him while the good guy is pinned down and his arms are not long enough to strike and hit the bad guy in the face/head and do him harm. The good guy struggles, gets tired and gets defeated.

Does this remind you of anything? Have you ever had thoughts like “I can’t______”

“I’m not good enough”, “I’ll never be able to_______?”

These are limiting beliefs, un-resourceful thoughts that lead to a dead end result.

At first we may not even be aware that we are thinking this way. We are like a white belt. We have little or no skills and we don’t know what we don’t know. When we are faced with an opponent that “appears” bigger stronger and more skilled than we are, we get defeated very easily and with it come more negative feelings and more limiting thoughts that lead to the continuation of that same result. We may tell ourselves: “we are stuck” “it’s hopeless” “there’s no way out” “what’s the point” “we have no choice” etc.

Of course with thoughts like that you are right. You are stuck. You are stuck by the LIMITATIONS of your beliefs.

Here’s the interesting thing about beliefs. Whatever you choose to believe, you are right. If you believe you can do anything, you can. If you believe you are stuck and there is “no way out” guess what?  You’ve got it! You are stuck with no way out!

Beliefs are what we “believe to be true” but we make them up! They are fabrications of our mind. They come about by how we “interpret” who we are and what our world around us is, through our internal filter systems.

A fact is something that is true 100% of the time – It is a fact that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. It is a fact that if I asked you to tie up your shoe laces on a pair of shoes you were wearing you would be able to do it 100 % of the time. ANYTHING else is an interpretation. Anything that is “not” or “less than” or “more than” or “I can’t” “it’s impossible” “good” “bad” “worst” “best” ALL of these are interpretations. NONE of them are TRUE or REAL. They have all been made up in your mind. This gives the power to choose what you believe in. It gives you the power to change your mind. If you don’t like the results you are getting in your life you can CHANGE the way you think. You can focus on beliefs that WILL give you what you want.

The good news is, we are not just our thoughts nor are we our beliefs. You are actually way more than that aren’t you? Phew, thank goodness!

Otherwise we’d still be pinned under the bad guy.

Take a look at Rener Gracie’s video: Intro To Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Part 2 – The Basics 1

Here’s a great example of how by overcoming the mind of your opponent, (whether it’s in an actual street fight or you are combatting the thoughts in your own head) you’re then able to overcome the problem/challenging situation and be the victor.