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  • Writer's pictureFlavio Almeida

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

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