With the upcoming Star Wars release, thought it might be fun to talk about ‘The Force’ as it relates to Jiu-Jitsu, as probably the biggest single piece of advice I give people is to try and conceive of Jiu-Jitsu as a whole (hint: it’s an approach, not a sport!). Accordingly, my vision of Jiu-Jitsu Master is more that of a Jedi than a World Champ.
Will get back to the idea of what being open to the idea of Jiu-Jitsu as a whole gives us as a student, but let’s tackle ‘The Force’ at a base level first:
Pure force is the formless energy behind life. The root of ‘enlightenment’ level of experiences. Next, we have the ability to harness this force/energy on an individual level by bringing it into form via thought.
To relate the above to the pursuit of Jiu-Jitsu, we are taught in school to learn by modeling, repetition, and study. While these things are necessary for every prospective student, we can make massive leaps in understanding through insight by staying receptive to Jiu-Jitsu as a whole as it relates to nature, energy, mind, thought, intention, or in the case of this post, Da Force.
I know this is a Zen ‘answer is the solution, solution is the answer’ sort of thing, but hopefully there is some common sense logic here:
There is pure potential aka ‘force,’ Jiu-Jitsu is related to this force, and through being receptive to this relationship we can supersede traditional learning by way of insight. =)