Jiu-Jitsu and Changing Diapers

This is more of a funny post with a observation on how Jiu-Jitsu can be of daily us.  You see I’m a father of 3 and the youngest is just about to turn 2.  He is still in diapers.  On a holiday like today there will be no BJJ class and because I’m home I will get extra diaper duty.  As I am always trying to look on the bright side of life, I found that trying to change my wiggling son offered a chance to practice Jiu-Jitsu.  How you wonder?  As I tried to contain him I notice that I began by instinctively trying to control his hips.  All of the sudden I realized I could use his long sleeve shirt like a gi.  I quickly realized too that I should deprive him of his base.  In no time we were both laughing as he continued to struggle to get away with a stinky diaper and I used the Jiu-Jitsu principles I had learned to control him.  I substituted arm bars and chokes for tickling of course.  When all was said and done it was still a stinky job but both of us had a good laugh and a miniature roll.  I hope in the future my son enjoys BJJ with me, for now he may just be learning escapes.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

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4 Replies to “Jiu-Jitsu and Changing Diapers”

  1. Haha I know exactly what you mean. I have a 4 year old and a two year old and I used JJ principles when changing nappies too!

    It was also cool to observe how when they first learn to stand up, they plant their hand on the floor, pull one foot back and stand up in base (technical stand-up), just as Helio taught all those years ago. JJ really is just child’s play!

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