30.8.12

Jiu Jitsu is Pure and Honest

Today's business environment emasculates us in many ways. Honesty and conciseness are viewed as “abruptness” and “non-PC”. “Don’t do this” and “Do that” are replaced by “I see what you are saying, but how about we try this first?”.

What can be said with one word is now masked and bubble-wrapped to protect fragile egos. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions and everyone wants to pass the blame. In the words of awesome comedian Eddie Izzard* “It wasn’t me. It was Steve. I was dead at the time!


Picture this, I’m at work and I need people to do their part so I can carry on with mine. I could step in and do the first part myself, but I have other priorities. I raise this issue and the reply I get from higher up is the request to do everything because:

“We appreciate what you are saying, but two wrongs don’t make a right”

The first part “We appreciate what you are saying” is business English. What I mean by that is that if you talk like that with your wife, husband, mom, dad, local shop owner, waiter, friend…etc. you’re going to get slapped. Well at least I know if I ever said that to Sharon I’d make sure I’m a safe distance away.

The second part, ah man. “Two wrongs don’t make a right”. Since when is expecting others to be responsible adults a “wrong”? Since when is asking everyone to carry their share of the proverbial load a “wrong”?

What does this have to do with Jiu Jitsu? Everything. This is one of the major reasons I love jiu jitsu and feel privileged to step on the mat and train.

This is exactly why I don’t give a shit about the outcome of jiu jitsu competitions. Win or lose, the activity of practicing jiu jitsu is pure. Jiu jitsu is real and jiu jitsu is in your face.

Jiu jitsu is direct and it’s NOT pc. Work hard and work smart. Practice and enjoy the process.

When you are mounted and about to get choked or armbarred, you can NOT ask the other person to appreciate whatever the fuck you are saying**.

Man, I love jiu jitsu. It restores my faith in humanity and, more importantly, I get to keep my balls and stay a man. A manly man.

*From “Dressed to Kill”, talking about how children respond to accusations
**Which is another reason why I hate it when people come up with shit excuses to protect their ego when they get tapped: “It was on my jaw…Man I hate gi/nogi/MMA…You’re really strong/heavy/flexible/wirey/fast…etc.”


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Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

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