Jiu-Jitsu Is Problem Solving
Jiu-Jitsu is problem-solving
Yet, often, we attempt to solve a problem before clearly defining it. When that happens, we end up with a great solution to the wrong problem.
Understanding Jiu-Jitsu requires a certain level of wisdom towards solving the puzzles presented to us on the mats.
I see students getting frustrated just because they can’t engage effectively with the problems JJ requires them to solve.
Here is a good framework for problem-solving:
1. Face the problem, don’t run away from it.
2. Don’t internalize it. You are not the problem.
3. Don’t personalize it. Your opponent is not the problem.
4. Define the problem precisely and objectively
Once the problem is clearly defined, our minds do an incredible job of figuring out solutions through trial and error or simply by asking people for solutions.
Sometimes improving has more to do with a slight change in perspective than adding more information to our current point of view.
See you on the mats.
- Flavio Almeida