The Small and Large of It in Jiu-Jitsu

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Earlier this year I did a post on The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi called "The Book of Five Rings and Jiu-Jitsu".  I’ve continued to read it off and on.  Every once and a while something really strikes me.  Today I was reading in the Fire Scroll about "Small and Large".  Musashi says "When fighting adversaries and get to feeling snarled up in petty maneuvers, remember this rule of military science:  while in the midst of minutiae, suddenly you shift to large perspective".  I knew this concept on a subconscious level.  It was happening to me when I was so concentrated on getting a specific submission I couldn’t get, I wouldn’t see anything else.  Eventually I would give up and start looking for another submission I might do.  Mark, my instructor, pointed this out to me in one of his lessons when talking about working your legs.  If nothing is going on up top then think below.  Musashi and Mark were both saying the same thing.  Don’t get fixated on a small part of what is happing in a roll.  There are many things going on at once.  You can’t perceive them all but you can open yourself to more then one.  I’m going to try and think more "Large" and less "Small".

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