Tuesday, February 13, 2007

BJJ as a tool to handle emotions and pressures

BJJ is much more than the sport you see on the outside. It is much more than just the techniques, the history or the system.

One of the biggest values of BJJ training lies in the way it works as a tool to learn how to handle different emotions and pressures, that we don't normally experience in our daily life. Think about all the things you may feel, when you roll in class or competition:

  • Pain
  • Fear
  • Nervousness
  • Adrenaline
  • Claustrophobia
  • Limited breathing
  • Exhaustion
  • Panic
  • Frustration
  • Failure
  • Etc.

Sometimes you have an easy roll and don't experience any of this and other times you go hard or you roll with someone who puts a lot of pressure on you. The most important thing to think of is, that no matter how many emotions and pressures you must go through in that roll, you always come out on the other side.

So if you roll and feel really uncomfortable because of some of these things, remember that it is exactly this experience that makes you stronger. It will end and when it does, you come out stronger on the other side. Next time it happens, you handle the pressure a little better and next time again a little more, untill in the end none of these things bother you at all. Nothing can make you panic, no matter under how much pressure you are.

And that is a super valuable real-life skill you develop from training in BJJ.


Jeff Wassom said...

What up Christian!? Jeff Wassom here. I have some constructive criticism for you. =)

IMO, if you present BJJ as anything more than a way to have fun with your friends (i.e. handling emotions, and pressures), you set yourself up to be a guru of sorts.

I do address the mental side of the game (mostly various ways to relax with the intention of feeling energy), but leave it up to the individual to see the possible value in incoperating such ideas into other areas of their lives.

Being the fun, open, and caring guy you already are speaks volumes to people!

If there is anything I've learned in the past few years is that is a person is preaching something, they probably aren't doing it.

Action is the only message I'm interested in hearing these days. =)

BTW, the 'five swords' presentation was wonderfully originally!


PS Hit me up via email at mr_murgatroid@yahoo.com!

Christian Graugart said...

Hey Jeff, good to hear from you!! :)

I appreciate your comment, thanks much. I completely agree with letting people discover the values themselves, and I really don't want to set myself up as a guru :D I think I am writing these posts mostly for myself actually, makes me think more about things when I have to write them down.

Take care my friend,


Anonymous said...

Vinh from Ronin here.

Aside from the whole setting oneself as a master/guru/whatever issue, it's true.

I kinda have a hectic life with a decent amount of stress and bjj and the gym keeps me together, keeps my head screwed on straight and allows me that little bit of total zen no-worries-aliveness that allows me to get through my day and keep on trucking.

and all i gotta pay is a small fee and the medical bills. goddamn cauliflower ears and mrsa. :-P