I catch myself thinking this all the time during Jiu Jitsu now. I see so many unique, unexpected and unplanned flashes of brilliance that I can’t help but marvel. Where do these come from, I wonder? Practice is a possible answer.
But that doesn’t seem quite right.
Jess turned a “wrong way” armbar into a beautiful spinning pirouette at her first class. Aaron cartwheeled over the guard and into a stunning back take, which I know he hadn’t practiced. (See main photo for the moment it happened.)Most of the time, students can’t remember what they did anyway. They just did it. There was no plan.
And I think that is the answer.
A Place To Be Awesome
You are made to do this. You are made to do awesome things. They are not the exception, they are the rule, if a space is created for them to happen.This is what we are creating at Zenyo: A space for you to be awesome.
You know what can make you less than awesome? I could tell you what to do and how to do it. Change what you do into my way, the perfect way—any way but your way. Criticism, correction and judgement can make it even worse.
“You are made to do this. You are made to do awesome things.”
“Mistakes” can lead to awesome, like with Jess.Trying to take mistakes out is a simple approach. You are not, however, a simpleton, nor a machine. You can’t copy and paste code and then execute commands like a computer. You are a complex, dynamic, highly evolved and capable creation.
You are awesome now. As we work together to create a jiu jitsu environment that embraces exploration and individualism, the more awesome we all become.
You don’t have to know everything beforehand. Just go. You will figure it out as it happens. You are designed to find your way. You are designed to be up for any challenge.