The Meaning of Jiu-Jitsu
Did you ever stop to think about what Jiu-Jitsu means? The Japanese characters “Jiu-Jitsu” translates to “gentle art” (gentle should be interpreted as flexible or resilient). On the mat we apply this by using leverage over brute force in order to best an opponent. When an instructor asks a student to “relax”, this is what they mean.
As practitioners of the gentle art we can also think about the leverage we can use to fight back against the ultimate opponent, life itself. Our Jiu-Jitsu includes a philosophy component. Learning that philosophy can provide insight into how to “relax” during these particularly unusual and difficult times. Reflecting on Jiu-Jitsu philosophy can give someone struggling emotionally with just enough insight and inspiration to push through and survive.
The Principles of a Warrior
Rectitude. Doing what is right without regard for the consequences.
Courage. Inner strength to resist opposition.
Benevolence. The disposition to be good.
Politeness/propriety. Proper consideration and courtesy to others.
Honesty/sincerity. Genuine integrity in character and action.
Honor. Profound respect and ethical conduct.
Loyalty. Faithfulness and alliance.
Keys to Health
The Mind of a Warrior
Zanshin — translated as “remaining mind” — is a state of being aware and alert. Unlike a seasonal athlete who may train for three months preparing for competition, a practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu has no off-season. Readiness is a part of the lifestyle.
Mushin — translated as “no mind” — is a state of mental clarity. A practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu maintains a clear mind, even during combat or conflict, in order to act or react free from anger, fear and ego.
Fudoshin — translated as “immovable mind” — is a state of emotional balance. Even during difficult or celebratory times a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner stays centered and free from excessive emotional changes.
Thank you Valente brothers for organizing these positive character traits, health and wellness practices, and states of mind to help us all achieve live the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, both on and off the mat.
Relax and you’ll live longer!
Both on and off of the mat.