Talking to Jiu-Jitsu

I always talk to Jiu-Jitsu on an old-school phone.

G: Why do you hate me?

JJ: What in the world are you talking about?

G: Well, you’re not being very nice to me.

JJ: How so?

G: You keep hurting me all the time, my body and ego are getting beat up.

JJ: That’s just how I treat everyone.

G: Not true! You are much nicer to other people than you are to me.

JJ: You might not always be able to see it, but they are suffering just as much as you are.

G: I find that hard to believe. Lately I have been tapped out, and also received various injuries, almost every time I’ve rolled!

JJ: That is not my fault. I am perfect, so if you keep losing and getting injured, it’s because of something you are doing wrong, not me.

G: Sure, blame the victim.

JJ: Oh Cupcake, just suck it up! No one who hangs out with me gets away unscathed. It’s the price you have to pay to be in my posse, but it’s up to you to make sure the cost doesn’t exceed the value. Which means if you want to stay with me for the long term, you need to figure out how to protect your own body and ego from potential damage. Now stop whining before I choke you.

“Jiu-Jitsu is a fight which combines all elements and all virtues of being human. It is not a sport in which you need to only be physically adept, or agile, or coordinated. You also have to be mentally prepared, using your emotional control, your patience, your courage, and your conviction. It is a combination of patience and aggressiveness with a lot of harmony.” -Rickson Gracie


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