Two of the most important things I have learnt in the fields of education and Philosophy are Objectivity and Relativity.
Recently I’ve come to see just how broadly these two ways of thinking apply beyond just these two fields; particularly in my BJJ practice.
*For the sake of this exploration, I would like to work with the following definitions of Objectivity & Relativity.
1. Objectivity refers to concrete or set axioms (statements) of truth that do not shift regardless of which perspective they are examined from.
2. Relativity refers to statements which, depending on the perspective they are approached from, will have a subjective value; being either true or false depending on the conditions of the situation or person.
Continue reading “Objectivity versus Relativity: An exploration of perspective and reflection”
Recently I spoke to a New Zealand-based BJJ Black Belt, who wished to share their thoughts on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu anonymously.
Read their thoughts on what Jiu-Jitsu means to them below:
Continue reading “Guest post: What Jiu-Jitsu means to me”
It’s not about what you believe; but what you put into practice every day.
The uncomfortable truth about reality is that nobody (other than yourself) really cares about what you think.
Your opinions & beliefs about the world (and even the way you perceive yourself) does not make any impact on the world outside of your mind. Reality, and those around you, are only able to interact with the actions you manifest as a result of your thoughts.
We can have the most elaborate, beautiful sounding theories about the world in our minds, but these mean nothing in the face of practicality. We still have to negotiate a world that presents us with real challenges on a daily basis; only your actions will dictate how the consequences play out.
A person may perceive themselves to be “the best”; a hard worker, a champion, a good person, but their perceptions are only matched up against their actions. Do they act as a hard worker does? Do they act as the champion does? Do they act as a good person might? Theory must be put into practice, otherwise it is only hollow and useless. If you hold certain things to be true but do not act as if they are, you are being dishonest with yourself and deny yourself a fulfilling life.
The joy of the human condition lies in the fact that we all perceive the world differently. We all hold certain things to be true and perceive reality in our own way. Perception and belief alone does not an interaction with the world make however. We must align our theories with our actions if we are to honestly express ourselves in the world.
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Martial arts are not about being ‘better’ than anyone else.
It’s not about being able to beat an opponent, dominate them or overcome them. At its core, any martial art is about you. It’s about you becoming a better person than you were yesterday. It’s about you learning mastery over yourself.
The more you try to prove that you are better than someone else, the more you fail yourself. The more you compare yourself to others to validate your sense of ability, the more you fail yourself.
You succeed by working to improve yourself, others will see your example and follow. You succeed by working on your own abilities and by pursuing learning.
As martial artists, we have a real ability to empower & change our own lives- and of those around us- in a meaningful, positive way. When they say: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”, you already have the vehicle to make that possible.
Go train, go learn. Be better than you were yesterday.
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Anyone who has ever tried to achieve anything worthwhile has encountered adversity. Any pathway to success, be it in your job, a sport, a relationship or artistic pursuit, is going to have obstacles. The pathway to success is littered with failure and the hopes of those that gave up when the adversity became too great.
Today I want to explore the importance of learning to push through adversity, what it can teach you and, most importantly, why you need to learn to embrace it. Continue reading “Adversity: Learn to push through.”
Twenty Four hours. That’s all you get in any given day.
You are the only person accountable for how well or how badly you spend your time. You are also the one responsible for putting a specific value to your time. Continue reading “How valuable is your time?”
As a teacher, I’ve seen far too many young people learn how to quit before they learnt how to persist. As a training partner, I’ve seen talented people quit because accepting that they could possibly be bad at something was too much.
You never know how close you are to a break through. You never know how close or how far your next success is… the only thing that is certain is that quitting is not the solution.
Whatever you do, just don’t stop.
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