Posts Tagged ‘Winning’

This week, I went to grappling techniques class.  It was at headquarters on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am.  While training, a three striped purple belt showed up late and asked my practice partner, a brown belt, if he could join our group.  He said okay.  As soon as it was my turn to practice the move with the new comer, he started causing me pain.  I didn’t say anything.  I thought it to be bad manners.

While practicing a new move, he was overly aggressive, I would say almost pissed.  I could feel my right shoulder buckle and the pain started.  At that point, I then immediately stopped and told the guy I was only interested in technique.  I didn’t have to communicate this to the brown belt. He lightened up, but it was too late for my shoulder.  Fortunately,  I think the injury was just a torn muscle.

I am trying not to hold onto anger or to be vengeful. I am focused on winning.

In order to avoid injury I advise the following, to minimize injuries, communicate right away 1)  Introduce yourself.  2) Tell them that you’re trying to do the move without power and in control. 3) Tap immediately if you feel pain. Don’t wait until it is too late.

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This week we relearned the pizon, the side kick.    Professor Joaquin had a good point for the class, something that I didn’t consider before, that the pizon is a good defense against an approaching boxer.    The pizon doesn’t require much force to damage a knee.  Once an attacker is hit with the pizon to the knee, if the pizon doesn’t damage the attacker’s knee, it will hurt, so they back away.   Also, the pizon can  be used to the mid section of the body which is a larger target.    Basically, what you want is the attacker to keep a safe distance.      In conclusion, when the pizon is done properly, it is a great defense against a boxer that is approaching from a distance.

Changing subjects, the Miami Heat won the National Championship this week.  Lebron James, of the National Champion Miami Heat, and James was this year’s MVP of the league, made an interesting comment about his last year’s play verses this year’s play.

 “Last year I played with hate. That’s not the way I play. I play with a lot of love.” Lebron

In 2011, the Miami Heat had a humiliating loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs.  James was blamed for much of the loss.  He even excepted full responsibility.  So your probably wondering how this relates to Jiu Jitsu??  When James played with passion and love, it contributed to his whole team winning the national championship.   The message is that passion and compassion is more powerful than hate.  I believe this to be true.   I noticed with the Jiu Jitsu instructors, when they grab the kimono to show a move, they are relaxed almost like they aren’t there… not with power and anger.  Hate is focused on hurting.  Passion is focused on winning.

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