I Keep Seeing Jiu-Jitsu or The Seat Belt Knot


I have been irrevocably changed for the good by BJJ.  I find it funny how even when I’m not actively practicing everything seems to come back to BJJ principles.

My 5 year old was bored on our drive and to cure her boredom she decided to provide her father with a chance to think about Jiu-Jitsu and solve a puzzle at the same time.  As you can see from the picture she pulled the seat belt out tied it in a nice knot and then let it snap back.  Before you say, “oh I could undo that in a moment” let me tell you it took my wife and I a good 15 minutes of combined effort to get this undone.  Without going into to much detail I discovered that the outer strap was holding the inner from losing.  My wife discovered that once the inner was loosened it had to be worked through the whole knot to get the knot moved down were the tension would let it be undone.

This made me think of the intricacies of a roll.  One technique can hide your true intent to submit with another.  It also made me think how simple a technique can look but have may hidden tweaks to it make all the difference.  And last but not lest picking a technique apart like I did this knot gives you a intimate knowledge of its working in the end.  If I wanted to create a knot that would be harder to undo I know now how.  The same applies to a technique.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

2 Replies to “I Keep Seeing Jiu-Jitsu or The Seat Belt Knot”

    1. I thought for a while I was going to have to cut it and replace it. It was truly a thing of frustrating beauty.

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