Sunday, June 19, 2011

What is Jiu Jitsu? (courtesy of Lapel Choke)

I found this on Lapel Choke's Facebook page and thought I'd repost it. It's in regards to how difficult it is to explain Jiu Jitsu and the subsequent addiction.

It's hard explaining Jiu Jitsu to people. They never want to look past the choking and joint locking. They instantly imagine it's some super macho wrestling thing where guys beat each other up and snap towels in the locker room. There's no proper way to verbalize things like pushing yourself past physical and mental limits, when you're about to break and you dig deeper than you ever have to come out the other side victorious...or at least wiser for the experience.

There's no comparing the camaraderie, the respect, the fun, the learning, the grace and the art, the ups and downs. And as much as we love it and want to share it with them, they will never know unless they step on the mats themselves.

To all my brothers and sisters, arm draggers, joint lockers, ankle snatchers, and throat hunters, you know exactly what I'm talking about, and for that you'll always have my respect.

See you on the mats.


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