Mindsets: Control Vs. Give & Take

Playing with solo drilling and movement for the sake of movement has drawn attention to how tight my hips are (glutes, thighs, hamstrings, and stomach muscles).

While this situation has improved dramatically thanks to corrective exercises and increased awareness, it was once a source of chronic back pain and waking up sore every morning.

Taking these things into consideration over the past several weeks, the question begged:

Why did ‘Jiu-Jitsu’ make my hips tighter instead of looser and more mobile; especially if we’re talking about wellness and Jiu-Jitsu in the same breath?

Obviously there’s a core misunderstanding here, because logically if my body broke down to the point it has in the past, my whole notion of Jiu-Jitsu must be somewhat off…

The answer that came was I subconsciously believed Jiu-Jitsu was about control and maintaining that control…


…duuuude, no wonder I’m friggin’ tight. =)

In terms of corrective mindset, Jiu-Jitsu is more about give and take than control; meaning we take what’s there, and on the flipside, freely give up positions rather than fight for what’s lost.  Does this mean we are giving up the fight completely?

No way Jose, because to the degree we freely ‘give’ we’re in the process of flowing into the next position…

Surfing is probably the perfect metaphor here because ‘controlling’ a board under foot requires surrendering to the ocean.  So yes it’s control, but it’s a receptive control dependent on ability to skillfully play give and take with the tide.

To quote Rickson, thou shalt flow with the go…



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