Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that translates from the Japanese language as “the gentle art.” Jiu-jitsu was founded by the Gracie family in the early 1900s and represents a combination of modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu.
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BJJ can teaches a smaller person how to self-defend against a stronger adversary. Jiu-jitsu philosophy is built on effectiveness, confidence, humility. Here are some principles of this martial art that can be applied in everyday life, especially at work.
1. Less strength, more technique
The art of Jiu-jitsu consists in leveraging the strengths and achieving a goal with the least energy possible. To avoid an opponent that has a very good guard, you can conquer his guard step by step. If the adversary uses all his strength to control you, the best thing is to wait for him to waste it. During this time you can relax and wait the moment when he moves to seize the opportunity to capitalize on the situation and use it as your advantage.
In business planning the right moves with minimal investments (time and energy) is the key to success.
2. Be gentle and charismatic
This principle is related with the first one. When working with other people, it’s not a solution to force them follow your direction. Instead, it is better to find out in a gentle way what motivates them and use their qualities to obtain the desired result. To find what people want it is enough to ask questions, to speak less and listen more. This attitude will draw the colleagues and potential clients to you like a magnet.
3. Be humble
In Jiu-jitsu humility is the path to improvement. Of course it is not easy to admit that someone has outperformed you, but it is a good thing to experience a failure at something, because you get the chance to improve at it. If you lay your ego aside you can learn to be comfortable in the worst situations and next time you won’t be caught unprepared.
4. Don’t stop. Move permanently
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when you get caught in a submission hold, you stop. When you stop working hard to find new opportunities to grow your business, the sales drop. Moving seems to be the key of surviving. The graphic below shows us the plateaus we experience in our lives. When we start, we usually are very enthusiast and we experience growth. After we get the first result, the growth stops. At this moment we can take two good decisions: to quit, or to work hard to break through. As you see, in both cases you just have to move.
These four jiu-jitsu principles can teach us have a better approach in different professional situations. It is not necessary to practice martial arts, but it is useful to be opened to this domain, because martial arts hide great professional lessons. What is your opinion about borrowing martial arts techniques at work or in everyday life?