Patience Is a Jiu-Jitsu Virtue

Fast food, same day deliver, view on demand, easy access, they are all part of our modern rushed society.  We don’t want to wait for anything.  We get angry if we have to wait in a line to long or if something holds us up.  I’m guilty of it.  I want it when I want it and not a second after.  What’s wrong with that?  If you give a child everything they want right when they want it they become a spoiled brat.  It isn’t limited to kids.  Learning to have patience is essential in BJJ.  For starters, as Jeff said in his post Jiu-Jitsu Drop Out you won’t be in BJJ very long if you don’t have some to start with.  Patience is part of your game too.  Its a white belt that goes nuts trying to get a submission before obtaining the position.  If they have the patience to continue training they begin to learn that they must have patience when they roll and look for the right opportunity to present it self.  It is good that the average black belt take 10 years to achieve, in my opinion.  It weeds out the impatient .  Those who have one value it.  They earned it through long years of study, practice, and dedication that only comes with patience.  I’m trying to develop my patience.  Patience isn’t about sitting and waiting.  patience is about actively striving to increase your abilities, it is about not getting discouraged, it is about steady work towards a goal.  The rewards are sweeter when you feel that patience has paid off.  I think my patience has paid off.  I feel my game just went up a notch as I said in my post, Developing Technique Combinations in Jiu-Jitsu.  Only time will tell, I’ll be patience and find out if I’m right.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu.

2 Replies to “Patience Is a Jiu-Jitsu Virtue”

  1. My instructor rarely dishes out compliments, but last year, just before he promoted me, we rolled and he said I had improved because I was more patient. So you’re right, patience is a much under estimated virtue in BJJ.

    1. Thank you for the confirmation. Its nice to know others are feeling the same way. That is one of the best things about a blog, learning that others experience the same things or feel that same as you about your BJJ experiences.

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