Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead vocalist, has trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! Sadly, though, he stopped soon after.
And it seems that he had stopped because he didn’t have the right approach to the Gentle Art.
Here’s what Kiedis said in a Joe Rogan Experience episode:
I tried it three times in my life… It hurt. It freaking hurt! [But] it hurt like, I liked it. But I was so competitive that I got home and I realized that there was no skin on my feet from the mats.
I have no technique. So, I’m just trying to muscle it you know; dig in. And it hurt.
Rogan explained to him that this is the wrong approach. Instead of trying to muscle it and being too competitive, your focus needs to be on keeping it playful:
The key to learning Jiu-Jitsu is to learn how to play.
Like the Gracies; they always have this phrase. Rener and Ryron Gracie, they say: “Keep it playful.” And it’s great advice. If you could really follow that advice, that’s how you learn.
Because you learn how to not muscle things; you learn only how to use technique and to have fun.
He told Kiedis that he should try and be relaxed as much as possible:
And just… Don’t be crazy competitive. Know that you’re gonna get tapped out, know that you’re gonna tap other people. It’s gonna be fine.
But if you always try to win every time, [then] you’re not going to learn. You’re going to be too tense. You’re not going to open up, you’re not going to take chances, so you’re not going to learn as much.
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