Higher Learning

Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

The other day my husband brought home the book Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. I think one of the main reasons he bought it was to keep me distracted while I’ve still been getting over my sickness. On one hand, it was nice to have it to read while I’ve been away from the dojo, but on the other hand, it made me even more anxious to get back to training! Luckily, I’m just about well enough to return.

Joe told me he was overwhelmed by much of the book, and that he’ll probably be stuck in the white belt chapters for awhile. I thought I might be overwhelmed as well, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out I wasn’t. It made me realize that I do possess a considerable amount of knowledge, contrary to my previous self-assessment.

Now I’m super excited about Jiu-Jitsu again, because I can see that my hard work is paying off, and I really have been learning these past few years.  As I was reading through the book, I started evaluating my strategies in a new way, and I think I gained a greater understanding of what it is I need to do to continue improving. My confidence has gone up, and I have a more clear vision of where I want to go. I can’t wait to get back on the mat and put in work!

“For those that scoff at the idea that survival has to be the foundation for jiu-jitsu, look no further than your older students. Gone are the days of superior athleticism and endless endurance, so the emphasis has to be on defense.” -Saulo Ribeiro, Jiu-Jitsu University

2 comments on “Higher Learning

  1. I got this book last July after I injured my knee. It's in the backseat of my car and I read it during lunch at work sometimes. I like that it's more than just techniques and has little blurbs in there about thought process etc.

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