Last night I reminded the class that we are practicing Japanese Karate. It’s not American-style Wal-Mart karate in a box. It’s not there to be “consumed”, and you are not a consumer.
Moreover, we have a relationship. My job is to show up and give you my very, very best. Sometimes it takes a lot, and sometimes it’s oppressive, and sometimes it’s really amazing.
The expectation is that you don’t consume this relationship, but that you’re constantly giving to it in the appropriate way: mastering and integrating these concepts, these movements, these ideas.
Since we’re not practicing Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, our conversation about Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t have the same frame. But suffice it to say that this is our version of it. The expectations are the same: there are roles to inhabit, places to stand in, relationships to take care of.
What we’re doing is part of a continuum of effective learning and teaching. It’s the transmission of physical, mental knowledge which requires complete engagement and participation from both parties.
When you’re on the mat, recognize that you’re a part of it, so participate properly and act accordingly. In that way, we get a chance to co-create something fulfilling, dynamic, meaningful together.
For more about our larger project of cooperative Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts training, visit the Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Brooklyn BJJ) website here.
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