The Tao of Jiu Jitsu Quotes

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“Things can be added, but that doesn't mean that anything is missing.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Anyone can be tough for a season. It takes a special kind of human to rise to life's challenges for a lifetime.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“In the modern world we are surrounded by so much abundance that we cannot see it.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“The greatest effects we have on the world are the ones we can never see.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“If we do not master ourselves, we will be a slave to ourselves.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Make no mistake, you earn a white belt. The belt is a physical representation of a commitment to the beginner's mind. It is a vulnerability and a willingness to learn that shines through.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Today's world is flooded with participation trophies. In an attempt to promote equality we have robbed our youth of the most growth-inducing aspect of competition, failing. If you want to be resurrected, you have to first be crucified. Everybody wants to be reborn, but no one is willing to die. Losing, in the context of whatever arena it may be, is a microcosmic death. When we learn from our failures and grow because of them, we are reborn.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“The highest aim was never to master Jiu Jitsu; it was to master myself.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“On the other side of self-doubt comes a confidence from faith in the process. Even though our destination may be a long way off, each day we rise with a subtle smile as if we have already achieved it, because, when we are truly committed to a task, we already have.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“We are never truly ourselves as we are mid-roll.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Jiu Jitsu is a baptism by combat, and serves a purpose in the inner life of the individual that has always existed, but our modern culture fails to acknowledge.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“When you realize you are no longer made of glass, you lose the desire to demonstrate that fragility in others.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Nothing feels dirtier than living a life that is not your own. No amount of money is worth my soul. I would rather be homeless and go out in a blaze of glory than subject myself to a slow and steady death of apathy and government by my environment.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Jiu Jitsu uses us to express itself, and the best thing we can do to is to become a vehicle capable of expressing Jiu Jitsu with all of its perfection minus our imperfections.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“As far as our relation to the physical world, I doubt there will be much more improvement. Our basic survival needs have been met, and much of our current progress is superfluous or downright troublesome. Most advancement is performed out of comfort rather than necessity. What we are lacking, what the world so desperately needs now, is adjustments of the mind. We need to see the world again with fresh eyes, and come to an understanding of who we are as individuals, and what drives us.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“I am fortunate to be content with having very little, and so I never wanted the new car, fancy clothes, the big TV and the video games. All I ever wanted to do was read, walk through the woods and do Jiu Jitsu. When this is the foundation upon which your life is built, you need very little in the way of material security.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“There is an opportunity cost for everything we do. This is why we must have the awareness to ensure that what we are pursuing is really what we value, because the pursuit leaves countless lost opportunities in its wake. We choose one experience at the sacrifice of all other experiences.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“I have never been as alive or awake as I have been through Jiu Jitsu.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Anyone who has ever achieved anything has been a steward of his potential.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Many of us begin this art with little to no understanding of what we are getting ourselves into. Then, maybe a year or a black belt later, we realize this odyssey we have embarked upon and rest happily in knowing we have chosen a noble struggle.

I think we owe most of our successes to our initial ignorance. When we begin, we cannot see the obstacles ahead, and so we march on optimistically. In hindsight, when we look back and connect the dots, we see just how green we were at the start, and it was only our ignorance that upheld us from the crushing despair of the task at hand.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“The medal from an old grappling tournament will not serve me today, but the courage I developed in its acquisition will. By investing in yourself, by using all endeavors as a vehicle to shape who we are, we exist in the present moment with a lifetime of growth behind us. I have loved many vehicles throughout the years, Jiu Jitsu more than any other, but the vehicle has, and always will, be a distant second to the driver.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“After I received my blue belt, I soon recognized that the belts were simply an external representation of an inner experience, and that they mattered little compared to the person I was becoming.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“Plateaus are a manifestation of the law of diminishing returns, and when we reach one it simply means that it is time to adjust our methods.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“We are not practicing Jiu Jitsu to learn how to fight, we are learning how to live.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“All successful people live how great guard passers pass.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“We are the estranged orphans of our nations and tribes, and we now bear the weight not of survival of the group but of personal identity.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“There is no more valuable skill than studentship. The farther we go down one area of human understanding, the more we see the corollaries that all activities share. Everything I do for the rest of my life, all the skills I acquire, will be made possible because of my time spent on the mats. It has revealed a symbiosis between all things that I never knew existed.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“There is nothing like another's perspective to remind you that your way is not the right way; it is simply your way.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“No one's life will be harder because I exist.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
“It is a shock to many college graduates that their segway into the real world is one of obligation, profound debt, and countless sacrifices of the soul.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu

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