I believe that we as BJJ practitioners have, along the way of this beautiful martial art:
2. Come to believe that it's a competitive world out there where only the fittest and best will survive.
3. Found ourselves in jobs / lifestyles that demand meetings / result / statistics / information that often, very often, serve no purpose and we bring some of that mentality with us to the mat.
4. Forgotten that BJJ and grappling should be fun and enjoyable. Do people smile where you train? Is there a lot of laughter and camaraderie? It's surprising how much that's missing from so many jiujitsu academies.
This is one of the major reasons why Fighting Fit Manchester produces such high quality grapplers and other combat athletes and has always had such a low level of injuries: the owners, instructors (BJJ, striking, Strength & Conditioning, Ninjutsu...etc.), competition crew and by extension all members contribute to making it such a happy and productive training environment that people train often, bring friends to try the sessions and participate in social activities outside training such as trips, Xmas parties and the like.
Many BJJ practitioners have lost focus and, to put it plainly, permitted others to dictate how and on what terms they should be happy on and off the mat. They have allowed someone else (coach, peer, competitor...) to decide their joy for them. If the environment is toxic it'll get to you. If the environment is healthy it'll empower you. Find the most positive, happyfull and supportive environment and people and give it your all.
ZHOO ZHITSU IS FOR EVERYONE!
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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