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My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu by Chris Matakas
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“True mastery, it turns out, is not found in accumulating each and every tool under the sun. True mastery is learning that there are really only a handful of tools, and it is the proper application with correct timing and setting that makes them so useful.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“We must not learn to try harder. The key is to learn how not to try in the first place.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“My time in the woods is time spent with a tutor on how to live.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Properly directed thoughts result in properly directed actions. The only way to appropriately guide our thoughts is to know their foundation, our values.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“The best yardstick for our progress is not other people, but ourselves. Am I better than I was yesterday? This is the only question worth asking. As long as you go to bed at night a better practitioner than the one who woke up that morning, you have succeeded. Your worth should have nothing to do with how your progress stacks up relative to another.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“I can think of no more worthwhile aim than pursuing mastery in this craft while transcending one's own limitations.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“We are free to live the life we have imagined, not the life imagined for us.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“The point of meditating is not to learn to sit quietly in a room. The point is to live that way in the world.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“For the sincere student, it mustn't be enough to simply understand Jiu Jitsu. We must seek to understand ourselves.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Quotes tell a story. A stringing together of a few words can leave you with an idea that changes the course of your life, and can direct you toward reaching your highest potential as a human. The story they tell is derived from the experience which inspired them, and it is our sharing that experience that allows for the quote to resonate so deeply within our being.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Thoreau and Huxley calmly state what I have spent years trying to articulate, and never found the words for doing so. To read the words of these great men is to read the highest expression of my very self which is inexpressible due to the shortcomings of my particular nature.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“We must know where we want to go in order to get there. Our modern lives are growing increasingly chaotic, and it is only a clear, definitive purpose that will keep us on track.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“When we know our values, we can easily measure whether or not our actions are in accordance with them. Values are the measuring sticks with which we determine the worthiness of our actions. To be better associated with one's own values is to remove a lot of the needless activities of daily life.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“When we honestly take stock of our ability, we are then granted the opportunity to improve our circumstance. Accessing where you stand is the only way to stand somewhere else.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Jiu Jitsu gives each of us something that no other sport can. We have the opportunity to become truly great regardless of what circumstance fate has handed us. We have complete freedom and responsibility to achieve whatever level of mastery we wish.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“I believe the real reason we pursue anything in life is not for the thing itself, but for who we become on the way to its accomplishment. We strive to accomplish things in the attempt to mold ourselves. The greatest benefits Jiu Jitsu will have in your life will have nothing to do with Jiu Jitsu. It is this simple understanding that allows me to persist in my study. Even on the rare days when I may not have a burning desire to practice Jiu Jitsu, I am reminded that my practicing Jiu Jitsu is more accurately my practicing to become a better human being. The lessons I learn on the mat will serve me in every area of life-- personal development, relationships, business, and the like.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“In Jiu Jitsu, we often fall into the trap of simply trying a technique "harder," rather than recognizing that it is a poorly chosen tool for the task at hand.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Imagine a true master of the art, someone with complete skill in every aspect of Jiu Jitsu. This master would not force anything. He would simply allow the roll to take whatever form it does, and in every position would act in the most efficient way based off what the circumstance dictates, and not what he himself prefers.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Any advanced student will tell you the best way to recover guard is simply not to get your guard passed in the first place.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“It is in community where we find our very selves.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“We seek to understand Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle to understand ourselves. We have different explicit goals, from getting in shape, learning self-defense or competition, but tacitly we all seek mastery of ourselves.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Jiu Jitsu forges friendships in a way I’ve never known. Being involved in an art as intimate as this, where bodily connection is a must, the common cultural boundaries of personal space are broken. You will never see more hugs, high fives, and physical expressions of love than on the mats. Ultimately, this proves to be one of the most fulfilling aspects of our pursuit of mastery. Along the way, we learn to love others as we love ourselves.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Life is so unlikely, so rare and beautiful an opportunity it is to live, we must be on constant guard to ensure that our actions are worthy of the life it takes to perform them.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Being part of the whole, as I grow so does that which contains me.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“If Jiu Jitsu does not make you a better father, son, mother, daughter, wife or husband, you are missing the point. If Jiu Jitsu does not leave you viewing strangers in a kinder light, you are missing the point. If you are not better equipped to deal with the vicissitudes of life due to your training, then you are not really training.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Jiu Jitsu is meant to serve us, not the other way around. It is meant to make you more of whatever it is you already are. It is meant to separate the wheat from the chaff. It is meant to bring to conscious attention all that once went unseen. It is meant to make you more loving. It is meant to make you more wise, but less certain. It is meant to make us humble, yet supremely confident. It is meant to remind us of our frailty while simultaneously making us feel invincible.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“I believe that which you study is only matched in importance by the sincerity with which you approach it.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Words make the intangible aspects of human experience communicable, and a single sentence can shatter our world view and assist us in the formulation of a new one.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Every opportunity with another was an opportunity to serve my fellow man. Every moment alone was a chance to grow and become more of who I already was. I instantly felt how great a life could be, and that was only made possible by service toward others.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
“Mastery lies on an infinite continuum, and as a result we will never reach the end. We can, however, see to it that we are as far along that continuum as our circumstance allows.”
Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu

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