I have been asked before....Why Jiujitsu?
Why not Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and the list goes on? Why not these other Martial Arts? What makes Jiujitsu so much better, at least in my mind, than these others.
For me its been something that I have thought about for a long time. Why do I love Jiujitsu so much??? I have trained in other Martial Arts and even competed in other sports, but for some reason, Jiujitsu has become my lifes passion. I dream about it, constantly trying to reinact moments in my head from previous sparring sessions trying to assess where I went wrong and right. Imaging drills and techniques to try in the next class. Seeing myself practicing a technique. Trying to work out the subtle details in my head on how to most efficiently accomplish a sweep or submission. The grip details in a certain situation. Hip position, all the smallest of details, every aspect and angle.
"Jiujitsu is for everyone and anyone." You have probably seen or heard this I'm sure. But, do you believe it? I do. Now, Jiujitsu is for anyone and everyone, but everyone may not be for Jiujitsu. What I mean is, some people do not have the fortitude to stick with it. The mind set to let go of theur ego and allow themselves to learn new ideas, techniques, or drills from someone else, anyone else. Jiujitsu is a grinding struggle. To get to a point where the techniques and movements become more effortless, takes time. People today are into the right now of everything. Instant gratification. For these types, you see them fade out and leave. Jiujitsu is like any other art form, if you want to be good and play a symphony, you have to put in the work.
Kids can benefit tremendously from Jiujitsu. The discipline it takes to train long and hard to get good, is a testament to their character. The self-defense aspect can always come into play when dealing with children and school yard bullies. The character building values instilled in a Jiujitsu practitioner revolves around our main goal, THE TAP. The tap allows everyone involved in Jiujitsu to explore and train either at a high or low intensity. The tap allows everyone, the ability to render mercy upon his/her opponent. Jiujitsu teaches children that strength, speed, and size is not all that is needed to defend yourself. Children have a lot to gain from as they find that in difficult situations one can still rise and be victorious if you have the will to do so. They learn that quitting is not an option. That winning and losing are an everyday part of life That even in defeat, the experience you gain is a life lesson.
Women can gain enormous benefits from Jiujitsu as well. To see themselves in a different light. To be recognized for their skill on the mats and be seen as equals if not superiors to their peers. They find a power within themselves beyond strength, HEART. Women can look at themselves and be proud, by not how they look, but how they carry themselves on the mats. True strength and bonds between the women themselves and other students grows along with life long friendships. Women develop skills to defend themselves gaining a certain confidence that allows them not to become a victim. The empowering affects of Jiujitsu allow you a sense of freedom that is very difficult for me to explain.
I can go on and on. Jiujitsu has been one of the biggest influences in my life. I want everyone to have the positive experiences I have had thru Jiujitsu. Friends that spanned over a decade. A bond between you, your students, and others within the Jiujitsu community. I tell my students all the time I plan on training until the day I die. Hopefully I can keep that promise. If this hasn't answered your question. If you truly want to know "Why Jiujitsu?" Go to a local school and train, even if its just for awhile. Find out for yourself (why Jiujitsu?) is for you.
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas