Jiu-Jitsu legend and mixed martial arts pioneer Rickson Gracie oince said, “We cannot control the ocean. We can learn to Surf.”
In terms of jiu-jitsu this could not be more true, especially as a new practitioner of the art. You will be put into situations and positions that seem well out of your control, and even against your best efforts to the contrary.
Your efforts to control all of your opponents actions will only serve to tire you out, and bring you closer to defeat. Jiu-Jitsu forces you to go with the flow, to ride the wave, to focus not on changing the tide, but using it to carry you into position.
Surfing is not about conquering the power of the ocean, but harnessing part of that power to carry you out of the water, to connect, and adapt to the situation that is present in that moment, and to adjust for the coming changes.
Jiu-Jitsu,and Life can be less about controlling, and conquering everything in our path, and more about making a real connection, learning to use what seems like never ending chaos, obstacles, and adversity into opportunity after opportunity. To glide across our problems, through adversity, to make all the chaos in our live turn into fuel for our passion…..if we just learn to surf.
Hickory Academy of Martial Arts