Jiu-Jitsu & The Force Part 1: Mind, Potential & Insight

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.

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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. =)

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3 thoughts on “Jiu-Jitsu & The Force Part 1: Mind, Potential & Insight

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  2. “we have the ability to harness this force/energy on an individual level by bringing it into form via thought”

    not sure I agree with this statement Jeff.

    IMHO we have the ability to harness this energy on an individual level by bringing it into form not through thought, but through the absence of thought – via awareness / mindfulness. Thought is a level of abstraction several steps removed from reality. Thought blunts our awareness of reality and thus muffles our ability to harness the void. When we stop thinking, we start feeling. And that’s when we can really connect with what’s happening on a fundamental level.

    In other words, to supersede and leapfrog over the traditional learning model, stop thinking! Just relax and focus on being aware of what’s happening. Especially at the black belt level, let your body feel and perform the movements and just let that happen. Your body intuition is much stronger than your conscious thought process.

    These are concepts from Eckhart Tolle and The Inner Game of Tennis, mostly.

    Just my .02 cents 🙂

    1. Matt, thought as a principle is interwoven with consciousness and mind. Everything is interconnected. Without thought we can’t conceive of consciousness and mind. Not disagreeing with you, but I’m talking about is thought as a principle, not ‘a’ thought.

      The world taken in through the senses coagulating to form experience is still thinking.

      Where we get into trouble is overthinking! =)

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