The practice of Jiu-Jitsu transcends the execution of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations and throws. A true understanding of the Jiu-Jitsu philosophy prepares individuals for life, showing them paths to a healthier and happier lifestyle through efficient use of physical, mental and spiritual strength.
Eating well is Jiu-Jitsu. Taking care of one’s body is Jiu-Jitsu. Saying no to cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is Jiu-Jitsu. Keeping a close bond with family and friends is Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu truly is a way of life. The morals and values engrained in the martial art- such as pride, respect, discipline, family and honor- follow the students off the mat and can be utilized in every arena of day-to-day life.
A key theme that runs throughout Jiu-Jitsu is maximum effectiveness with minimum energy. Jiu-Jitsu demonstrates to students the most effective way to use one’s physical, mental and spiritual strength. By teaching attacks and defenses, it refines the body, mind and soul, allowing for self-improvement and inner harmony. Jiu-Jitsu heavily employs the philosophy of yielding to an opponent’s force, rather than trying to battle force wtih force. Manipulating an opponent’s attack using his force and direction, allows a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to control the balance of their opponent, and hence prevent the opponent from resisting the counter attack.
The principle of maximum, efficient use of the mind and body is fundamental to all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques. This principle can also be applied to the improvement of the human body, making it strong, healthy and useful; or to the improvement of intellectual and moral power, which leads to success in school and work. Jiu-Jitsu, in its fuller sense, is a study and method of training in mind, body and spirit. It has practical applications in the regulation of all life affairs.