I had a very interesting conversation with my cousin about this saying. For those in the Jiujitsu world, the concept behind this saying may be very clear. However, to people like my cousin, "WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?"
Ego plays a big part in our day to day lives whether we realize it or not. From your child trying to get the best grades in class to your boss walking in and laying down the law. Ego's are everywhere. For me, and Jiujitsu, it means a lot more.
LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR. Empty your cup. You have walked in the school looking for something. Looking for what? Whatever it is, its different for everyone. But, this applies to each and everyone of us.
Be receptive to concepts and ideas that may not be exactly in line with your own. Be a sponge. Absorb the information from class. Each training session should be a completely new experience for you. Allow yourself to go outside your comfort zone. Try new techniques and positions. Never underestimate your partners ability to teach you something. Take any and all advise as corrective criticism.
From white belt to black belt. Young to old. Everyone has something to offer and contribute. Jiujitsu is beautiful like that. Your Jiujitsu is complete unique to you. Everyone adds their own flavor. You are an artist. A blank sheet of white paper. I hand you and brush and some paints. The end result, is your own Mona Lisa.
At Davis Martial Arts in Humble we strive to be our best. We look to give each and every student enough knowledge and training to accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves. Don't let your EGO stop your progression. At Davis Martial Arts, we train for life.