Ever wondered why Jiu-Jitsu attracts so many “nerds”? Well, one of the reasons is the beautiful problem-solving aspect of Jiu-Jitsu.
It’s about having to figure out the solution to the problem that constantly changes, responds to the solutions put in front of it.
However, it’s also about not solving the problem.
What does that mean? Brian Glick explains:
Problem solving in Jiu-Jitsu is as much about what will happen if you DON’T solve the problem as it is about actually solving it.
Your technique won’t work in every situation; there will be times when you face someone who has the correct defense or a sharp counter to your attack.
So once you can understand that your effort might fail, it’s up to you to start thinking about what your failure will look like – where you might end up, what are the consequences, how you’ll find a way to recover.
Be it as it may be, to become good at Jiu-Jitsu you’ll have to think about failure:
In spite of how it might seem, the practice of considering failure isn’t pessimistic or bleak.
It’s a key to solving problems – and it’s often the most proactive, solution-oriented thinking you can bring to your training.
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