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Jiu-Jitsu To Avoid Confrontation
Recently on the Jocko Podcast he and his cohort Echo discussed some of the benefits of knowing Jiu-Jitsu. Specifically about how knowing how to fight can help avoid confrontation. Being confident in one's ability is a deterrent in itself.
When you spend hours on the mat every week fighting with other people who are just as invested in whooping you as you are them, fighting in the street seems like nonsense. And it is.
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The reality of the situation is this, one punch could change the course of your life forever. One punch could knock someone out and as Joe Rogan puts it "you don't hit the earth, the earth hits you". As someone falls unconscious they have no way to break fall and sadly often times the head hits first. Only this time Herb Dean isn't there to stop your attacker, and your not falling onto mats. It's concrete.
Training Jiu-Jitsu not only will have profound physical benefits, but what keeps people coming back is the mental benefits. Being able to walk into most situations in the real world and maintain confidence in ourselves is invaluable. When you walk onto the mats and get to work in Jiu-Jitsu you start to obtain a unshakable foundation that will carry you through job interviews, dates, and sometimes physical altercations.
Sometimes confrontation is unavoidable whether it be someone starting drama with you at a bar, or grabbing your friend by the neck. Confrontation is made easier to manage by getting comfortable with extreme situations. Let's say a 250 pound ex college wrestler has gotten past your guard, and planted his knee strategically across your chest. Now he grabs your gi and begins to pull you into his planted knee. We would describe this as extreme.
Being put into these extreme situations is extremely beneficial. The outcome is irrelevant. Can't escape? Tap. Reload. Get back after it. Keep exposing yourself to extremes and eventually it becomes normal. When confrontation becomes as normal as breathing air, you'll find yourself in a much better to avoid or engage in confrontation.