I've heard it said many times in the Martial arts World and especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that you either win or you learn in competition.
I have to whole heartedly disagree with that statement!
I know it goes against the status quo. I know people will have something to say and I'm ok with that.
Hear me out and come to your own decision.
In the movie Forrest Gump the lead character played by Tom Hanks said "Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."
How true is that statement?
In competition there is a winner and a loser.
You try your best but at the end of the day someone else's hand is raised in victory.
I do not agree with participation Trophies.
You win or you lose, you learn either way!
By winning you learned what it takes to succeed.
By losing you learned what didn't work and get back to the drawing board.
It's not failure, just what didn't work.
Often everything works in your favor and at the last moment 👊 it doesn't.
You are not a failure, that plan just didn't work or....
Your opponent had a great day when everything clicked.
You Win or you Lose!
As a School Owner and instructor I want to equip my students with real world skills.
I want to let my kids as young as 5 years old they can lose. But it's OK. I reassure them that they have learned what doesn't work and encourage them to try again.
Smiling faces every time 🤗
Life is hard. There are everyday battles. Traffic going to work. Workplace challenges, Traffic on the way home.
Life is hard! No disrespect to other Martial Arts but giving a Black Belt to a fourteen year old is a false sense of security.
I give credit when credit is due. Belts are earned, stripes arw earned.
There is no Win or Learn!
There is a Winner and a Loser,
You Learn Either Way 💯