Train with the Force: Revenge of the Sith Edition /// By: Anthony Chin Loy - alldaybjj

Train with the Force: Revenge of the Sith Edition /// By: Anthony Chin Loy

If you thought that this series was over, you have much to learn about the Living Force young one. All Jedi must know that there must be balance in the universe and when there are Jedi, there must always be the Revenge of the Sith. Don’t mistake this entry as an excuse to tap in to the dark side in all aspects of your training, though this is tempting! We cannot merely expect that the dark side of the force (jiu jitsu) does not exist, but we must do our best to understand it. If you are neck-deep in Star Wars lore, you may know that the 7th form of light saber combat, Vaapad, was created by Jedi Master Mace Windu. What makes this form so bad ass is that the form is actually so offensive and aggressive that it taps in to the darkside! We must be careful, as it has been known to drive a Jedi trainee permanently down the path of the Sith. With careful training and much meditation it can be harnessed with great strength like Master Windu. You may be wondering why I would be in favor of using Sith powers at all! In my post about the light side of Jiu Jitsu, I made it sound as if this was a jerk move! Ah, young one! We must be very wary of the dark side, but in competition we must tap into our most primal instincts, we must be at peace with our connection to the Force that we can tap into our emotions and return to ourselves. Let’s see how Sith philosophy can benefit our training.

Peace is a lie. There is only passion
Through passion I gain strength
Through strength I gain power
Through power I gain victory
Through victory my chains are broken
The Force shall free me

Peace is a lie. There is only passion
A well trained Jiu Jitsu Jedi knows the power of their training. As with most martial arts, by training combat, we learn that we should not use what we learned to hurt another (except in extreme cases, of course). Naturally, when you train Jiu Jitsu, you have greater confidence in potentially violent situations and you learn to diffuse situations using the Force and not application of force! However, in competition we cannot give our opponent the benefit of rolling without passion. When we square off against another in the arena for glory, it is our duty to bring the best of our abilities. This is not a roll in the academy, our emotions must come into play. Most times our emotions are misguided. They betray us! Have you noticed that in competition, it seems that your muscles gas much faster? You feel more tired in 5 minutes of competition compared to in your academy where you are ready to go again instantly after a 10 or 15 minute roll? Fear, nervousness, misplaced hate for your opponent completely drain you after a roll in competition. The wasted energy robs your body of strength, the arms definitely feel dead after a competition roll.
In competition we must forego the peace we’ve attained in our combat meditation. We must control our passion but be willing to temporarily release the limitations for the love of the arena and our opponent. This does not mean to allow yourself to go out of control. Instead, take time to enjoy the moment. Appreciate that another has decided to share the stage with you but you cannot treat this as another Sunday roll in the academy. While being in the moment, release your inner peace and release the passion to fully express your art. Your opponent deserves this, and your best Jiu Jitsu, not a lazy round. While we all want to progress in the tourney for the win, do not be concerned with the outcome. Instead be concerned with expressing your passion fully without tapping into resentment, fear or anger. These are the path to the dark side.
Through passion I gain strength
We all know the famous saying by Master Ribiero, “if you muscle, you die…” Well, I’m paraphrasing a bit, but there is a thought that we must not use any strength in Jiu Jitsu. In reality, it’s about using the right amount of strength combined with superior technique and leverage. Many times, competitors say that they didn’t get to play their game but it’s really the lack of well directed energy that saps them of their strength. To direct their emotions towards truly expressing the Jiu Jitsu they practiced so many hours before the tournament. It is less the pure strength, like that of dead lifting 300 pounds, but more of confidence to feel secure in their Jiu Jitsu.
Through strength I gain power
Continue to develop and gain confidence in your Jiu Jitsu. Remember I said confidence is strength. By this I mean when you express your true self through Jiu Jitsu it will not matter who is standing against you. Take for instance the Garry Tonnon vs Palharas match. A David and Goliath matchup surely. Garry consistently believes in his training and technique and though at a disadvantage in size, strength and power he took Palharas to the limit. His confidence closed the physical distance and leveled the field battle. Though differences exist, your ego should not balance on it. We are all outmatched in one way or another. Strengthen your resolve and continue to improve. To fall into the trap of pitying your Jiu Jitsu is surely the path to the dark side.
Through power I gain victory
I have not mentioned results while discussing the Sith code applied to Jiu Jitsu. This may strike you as funny as the true desire of the Sith is to crush their enemies and sit alone at the top. Wiser people than myself have said “it is not the destination that matters, but the journey…” The competitive mindset is different from everyday training. We are all competing for glory, recognition and the like. All of this is not tied to tournament victories however. Competitions are a means to sharpen our sword and steel our mindset. So often we are disappointed in the results if we are not on the podium. I assure you, we cannot win them all. Lost in the shuffle is the path we took to arrive at the tournament. We worked on our game, improved, created a game plan and visualized our optimal outcomes. Though they may not have come to reality, think of the progress you made before competing. I related power to confidence in our Jiu Jitsu. If you can understand that the preparation for the tourney deepened your connection to your art and strengthened your skill you have already won regardless of the result of the tournament.
Through victory my chains are broken
When you realize how far you’ve come just by stepping onto the mat and how your Jiu Jitsu has progressed, you see that you have a limitless future ahead of you. Freeing yourself from the ego that restricts your potential is paramount to truly expressing yourself. Ego on the mat causes us to force technique instead of flow, disrupts our relationship with our training partners, and breeds frustration when we are not progressing according to our timeline. We are disconnecting while trying to bend the Force to our will. Many times we see the results of this in the gym: when a powerful opponent steps on the mat with ill intent and is subdued, only to quit training within weeks. Though they may have had the right attributes to be competitive they lacked the mental fortitude to roll with the punches. The disconnect between them and the Force did not allow them to understand the essence of The Gentle Art. Be wary of this, avoid temptation of the dark side and unleash your potential.
The Force shall free me
If you couldn’t tell by now, I love Jiu Jitsu. I also love Star Wars. To express my feelings on Jiu Jitsu through Star Wars has been indescribable. I know it has been done and maybe you don’t agree with what I’ve said through two articles now. This is perfectly ok. Like the path of the Jedi and the Sith, no two journeys are the same. Interpretation of the Living Force is what you make of it. It is constantly flowing and changing. Jiu Jitsu is not stagnant. Right now, new positions and techniques are being created and refined. New padawans are being taught by their Jedi masters, a Sith Lord has taken on an apprentice. It is up to you to choose your path. When I’m on the mat, I forget about what’s troubling me, I try to stay present in the moment. I appreciate the energy that is shared between my teacher and my training partners and that, my friend, is what I mean by the Living Force—The connection you develop to the art and the people that surround you. Jiu Jitsu allows you to see the world in a different light, changes your everyday interactions and reactions to situations. For me, it has all been for the better.
May the force be with you, always….

Lea Young
 

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