Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Begins and Ends with Respect – by Joshua Halvatzis

The title of this video, “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Begins and Ends with Respect”, is actually an adaptation of one of the twenty principles of Karate, laid out by their founder, Gichin Funakoshi Sensei, in 1890. The original is, “karate begins and ends with rei“. Rei is the spoken signal to bow at beginning of many traditional martial arts that originate in japan. It also means respect.

For those of you heading out to compete this weekend, it’s an important reminder. There’s a lot of bowing that goes on in traditional Judo competition, which is the predecessor of Brazilian jiu jitsu. Just to get on the mat for each match requires several bows. To the judges, to the arena, to each other. In the competition arena, it’s easy to become focused on winning, and on yourself. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we’re just playing a game. It’s not life or death, it’s a sport with rules and judges. And to play that sport, we need each other. We need other people to also be willing to lay it on the line, to expose themselves to the risk of losing or injury. That is deserving of respect. All too often at competitions, I see HUGE celebrations after winning each match. Like, world-class celebrations. I understand the drive to do that – adrenalin is through the roof, and you just completed a major challenge. But think about the guy or gal on the other side of the mat. As good as you feel, they feel the opposite. If Brazilian jiu jitsu begins and ends with respect, the first thing you should do after winning your match – even before the ref holds up your hand – is to make a gesture of respect to your opponent. Shake their hand. Thank them for coming out. End with respect, not celebration. Once you’ve had your hand raised, and you head back to your teammates, go nuts. But end each match with respect before anything else. It’s one of the things that separates the martial arts from tennis or basketball. They teach us respect and make us better people.

 

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