After my last post a friend of mine gently reminded me that training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu does not necessitate becoming a morally enlightened individual. He followed that up with a post from jiujitsutimes.com titled “Morals and Jiu Jitsu,” which addresses this particular topic. Truly, I really couldn’t agree more-becoming great at BJJ only necessitates that; becoming great at BJJ. That being said, becoming great at BJJ or any other intricate skill set does require the development of some certain characteristics due merely to the time investment and physical and mental difficulty of the endeavor such as:
Sadly, becoming proficient in a skill such as BJJ does not necessarily require an individual to develop other, more personable characteristics like:
For some, those more superfluous traits are built naturally, probably because those people are more inclined towards those principles or want to develop them. Conversely, it could be said that by developing such traits as patience, discipline, and perseverance and layering those over traits such as arrogance, corruption, and intolerance a person could amplify and streamline those traits. Basically, if incubated, this could build an extremely efficient and powerful mega-asshole! This is a principle I like to refer to as the Darth Vader Principle. If you don’t get that reference you should probably watch the Star Wars movies because it won’t be explained here.
If a person is truly striving to become a better human being while training BJJ at the same time, the attributes the art instills in them could help them exponentially. But if a person really, really wants to be a dick and gets to be tough to beat up…
How has training changed you as a person?
Have you seen anyone go to the Dark Side?