10 Things I Have Learned From Jiu Jitsu

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This year I got serious about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and combatives. Part of it came from my increased focus on my health. Another part of it came from wanting to challenge myself physically  The most important motivation was that I wanted to more effectively connect with the warriors that I get to pastor. The results have been amazing. Not only have I grown in health and strength, I have made relational and spiritual connections that would never have happend had I not been in the gym. Not a class goes by where I don’t get to share my life in Christ with someone on the mat. The connections between Jiu Jistu and following Christ are many. I thought it would be fitting to share with you the biggest lessons I’ve learned from Jiu Jistu in 2012:

1. “Learn to be comfortable in worst-case scenarios. Once you are comfortable in worst-case scenarios, there are no worst case scenarios.” – Ryron and Rener Gracie

2. “I would rather survive every time than win sometimes.” – Ryron Gracie

3. “A brave man, a real fighter  is not measured by how many times he falls, but by how many times he stands stands up.” – Rickson Gracie

4. “Fight fire with water.” – Rener Gracie

5. “If you do not lose, you can only win.”  – Helio Gracie

6. “Knowing when not to move is as important if not more important than knowing when to move.” – Rener Gracie

7.“I never defeated my opponents, they defeated themselves” – Helio Gracie

8.“The more I train the ‘luckier’ I get”. ~Renzo Gracie

9. “Be patient, and then…GO!” – Israel Gomes

10. “Keep it playful, keep it real”. – Rener and Ryron Gracie

Bonus: “Never pull guard right away. If you pull guard in the street you’re going to your head slammed into the ground. LEARN FREAKING TAKEDOWNS!” – John Renken

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