Jiu Jitsu is much more than fighting skills. Jiu Jitsu is life skills.
At Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore, we use Jiu Jitsu to develop both our physical and mental skills. Our goal is to be strong on the outside, strong on the inside, and gentle in spirit.
Many of the teaching methods we follow have been passed down from Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo. Judo means the gentle way. Kano’s goal was to use his way to develop great people through martial arts. His way consisted of three life-changing ideas.
Understanding these three incredible ideas will help you reach for your full potential.
“The purpose … is to perfect yourself and contribute something to society.” – Jigoro Kano
The first principle is Jita Kyoei – or “mutual welfare and benefit.” This means that all students must be safe and benefit from training. This is the true spirit of training, all students working together for the greater good.
“If everyone acts with the spirit of mutual cooperation, each person’s work benefits not only himself, but also others, and attaining this together will bring mutual happiness.” – Jigoro Kano
The second principle is called Seiryoku Zenyo – or “maximum efficiency and minimal effort.” Zenyo is the path of ease, of searching for a better and smarter way to use our energy effectively.
“If directed at improving the body, Seiryoku Zenyo becomes a form of physical education; if applied to gaining knowledge, it will become a method of self-improvement; and if applied to many things in society, it becomes a way of life.” – Jigoro Kano
The third principle is Ju-No-Ri – or “gentleness.” This can also mean flowing with things. With gentleness as the mindset to guide you, you can practice in a safe way.
“The pine fought the storm and broke. The willow yielded to the wind and snow and did not break. Practice Jiu Jitsu in just this way.” – Jigoro Kano
The ideas that Jigoro Kano taught 150 years ago are timeless. They are still vital today and guide the training at our Baltimore Jiu Jitsu classes.
Kano called his teaching “the gentle way.”
The way to greatness is laid out in these three incredible ideas.