I like to say often that Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu. Its true. It is integrated into my life. I find applications for it in many aspects of my life other then self defense and sport. That is just one of the reasons I love it so much. Last nights class went well. I set a few goals for my self to focus on and I met about half of them. I even got my new favorite sweep, the Balloon sweep. It was on a white belt but none the less enjoyable. I tapped out a fellow blue belt, that had surprised me last class with a guard pass, with a Triangle Choke as repayment. I felt good after class and came away with points to improve on. After I got home I was getting cleaned up and putting my gi in the wash when I stopped to see the TV program my wife was watching. It was the last few minutes of The Biggest Loser. They were going to show the interview of the last person kicked off. I always like to see the success they have and stopped to watch. To my surprise the guy hadn’t been able to do the gym. He said it wasn’t "clicking" for him. He had come to a realization he needed a life style change. He opted to start martial arts. They showed him walking into a school with a large billboard that read "Gracie Jiu Jitsu". I was excited to see BJJ on TV. I couldn’t think of a better life style change. I was sure they would show him grappling. In stead they only showed him doing Muay Thai. I was stunned. At the very end under his picture it said he was training in Jiu-Jitsu for his first belt. Why then didn’t they show him doing Jiu-Jitsu instead of Muay Thai? What ever the case I was glad to see that BJJ was changing another life for good. I hope he continues and experiences the catharsis I have from BJJ.
I read John Will’s Tactical BJJ Grappling For Life eBook this week and I’ve been thinking a lot about sport BJJ vs street BJJ. I started training in BJJ because I wanted exercise (I sit at a office all day) and because I wanted to be able to defend myself and family in this increasingly violent world. After reading John’s eBook I began to think to much of my training is sport. This fulfills my exercise requirement but falls short on my defense. If I were in a street fight I think I would still win because I am considering before hand what my game plan would be. For instance, I will only want to go for submissions that choke out or destroy limbs and joints. What good is a bicep cutter in a street fight? I also should take into consideration that just because I destroy his arm in a arm bar doesn’t mean the fight is over. What about fighting more then one person at a time? John gives some ideas. I think I would consider a tactical retreat if I was by myself. I am beginning to think that a little Muay Thai would help with what I know about striking martial arts. Jim from Jim’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Journal said that one of the factors that made him quit Jiu-Jitsu was "what I was learning was more how to counter my classmates than how to fight". I think that I get out of Jiu-Jitsu what I want from it. If I want more street practical training then that should be my focus. I’ll never give up BJJ. I’m too addicted. I just think its time for some tuning of my focus.