The Challenge of Jiu-Jitsu – Kate

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“I love Jiu Jitsu because it is a game that challenges me both mentally and physically. I have spent a lot of time learning the basics, or if I were to compare it to chess, I have been building up my pieces. Each “piece” is a specific move, and the better I learn and understand what moves are effective against another person, the better I can shape each piece. This understanding of movement is the mental part, but the beauty of jiu jitsu is that you translate what you understand as your “pieces” in your brain, to your body as movement. This means physically strengthening and teaching your body new reactions to many different situations. Once your body understands the concept of each movement you may find that your specific body type needs to alter it in order to make it work better for you. At this point your mental understanding of a move has changed and improved in direct response to what your own body has physically taught it. If this constant cycle was not enough of a challenge, then understand that even with your carefully crafted pieces you also need a strategy. How are you going to connect each movement? Will your strategy change depending on the opponent? Are there any big holes in your knowledge of the game where a new move is needed?. For every answer found and improvement made, three new questions appear and my journey continues.”
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