In Japanese, jiu-jitsu means “gentle art.” In the past seven years, I have learned that this is a big lie – the art may be gentle, but the learning process is quite brutal.
In compensation, the practice brings to those who dedicate themselves to it a series of learnings that can be applied in all other aspects of life, including, of course, the day-to-day work.
Learn to withstand pressure!
Imagine that a person weighing about 135 kg is lying on top of you, pushing you against the ground and looking for a way to strangle you. Breathing is difficult, everything hurts, but over time you find a way to stay under there waiting for an opportunity to turn the tables. Of course, in a company, this would be considered harassment (we hope so), but corporate pressure situations have only increased in the pandemic, with all domestic issues adding to the daily work routine. It’s what some manager out there might call resilience.
Breathing is essential!
You need to learn to breathe to stay calm in difficult situations. Correct breathing increases oxygen supply to the body, helps metabolism, and generally makes you feel better. But stopping to breathe also helps to put the situation into perspective, so you can find a solution.
There is always a way out!
No matter how desperate the situation is, there is always a way out – even if it’s to say “I give up.” Of course, if you have more resources available you will be able to handle the problem better, and the idea is to always win. But sometimes, with an armlock in place, the solution is really to give three taps to the opponent. Saying “I can’t” in the corporate world is still a taboo, but it is undeniable that this phrase also has a liberating power. The important thing is that you learn from what happened, because…
You never lose. If you don’t win, you learn!
There is no defeat without learning, and even experienced fighters are defeated from time to time, taking lessons from each opportunity and looking to improve. The same thing happens with that project that didn’t work out at the company, or that presentation that was a disaster. The only way is to lick your wounds and move on – but now, being more prepared and experienced.
Without diversity, there is no development!
In general, companies have only recently learned the importance of diversity, after much pressure from society. Without diversity, jiu-jitsu would not exist. To learn, you need to train with experienced and beginners; with big and small people; with thin and fat people; young and not-so-young people (I am in this last group); men and women. And it doesn’t matter your color, religion, gender, political position, or football team – on the tatami, you respect everyone as an equal, companion, and opponent. It is, without a doubt, the most democratic environment I know.
You will never stop learning!
Recently, business schools have popularized the term Lifelong Learning – lifelong learning. Of course, they want to sell more courses, but lifelong learning is indeed necessary in a world that is constantly changing. This is also the basis of all martial arts. There will always be something new to learn, there will always be a situation never seen before, and, for that, a possible innovation. Everything evolves.
Technique is more important than strength!
Jiu-jitsu was created so that a smaller opponent could subdue a larger one. For this, it mainly uses leverage and chokehold techniques – and practice leads to mastery. In the workplace, the act of trying to solve everything through effort is often impulsive, and often forgets to look for the best technique, the most appropriate method, the most useful tool for a particular task. Working hard is not a sign of success, but rather working efficiently.
However, only those who don’t have it don’t use force!
I have heard several times in my life that effort makes up 50% of a professional. On the tatami, if a technique didn’t work at first, maybe a little extra effort will make it happen. At work, that extra boost can also be the difference in the final result. If you have strength – of will, especially – use it. It will only do good.
Jiu-jitsu is a valuable learning experience that can be applied to all aspects of life, including the corporate world. The skills and mindset that you learn in jiu-jitsu can help you to handle pressure, think clearly, and never give up.
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Gracie Barra River Oaks: A Premier Martial Arts Academy in Houston!
Gracie Barra River Oaks is a premier martial arts academy located in Houston, Texas. Founded by Professor Ulpiano Malachias, a world-renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, the academy offers top-notch training in Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. Professor Malachias has been involved in athletics and martial arts from a young age, beginning with Judo at the age of 4 and then transitioning to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 17.
Under the leadership of Professor Malachias, Gracie Barra River Oaks has grown and expanded to a new, larger 10,000 sqft location in 2016. The academy offers a wide range of training programs to suit students of all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners.
One of Professor Malachias greatest achievements is his success as a black belt competitor in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) competitions. He has won multiple championships and medals, including the Asian Championship in 2006, American National Championship in 2004, 2005, and 2008, and Pan American Championship Silver Medal in 2010, among others. He is also the 2022 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship Open Gold Medalist.
Professor Malachias is committed to continuously improving his teaching skills and his own knowledge and skill in Jiu Jitsu. He is a certified IBJJF referee and has served as a referee in countless IBJJF tournaments, including some widely watched finals.
At Gracie Barra River Oaks, students have access to over 700 Gracie Barra Schools worldwide, professional-quality Jiu-Jitsu gear, and online resources to further their training. The academy promotes a holistic perspective to Jiu-Jitsu, including physical and mental wellness. All GB Schools are supervised by a Gracie Barra certified instructor, who supports students and helps each one achieve their potential through challenging training programs. Each class at Gracie Barra River Oaks is customized to offer maximum benefit for the students in attendance.
In summary, Gracie Barra River Oaks is a world-class martial arts academy with a strong commitment to excellence and dedication to Jiu-Jitsu. With Professor Ulpiano Malachias at the helm, students can expect top-notch training and support in their journey to becoming skilled practitioners of Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts.
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