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TWO-TIGERS

Posted: May 22, 2017

There is an ancient story of respect that explains the respect that tigers have for one another in the jungle. They respect one another, give each other distance and seldom fight each other. The story goes that they understand that should they fight; the outcome would surely be that one would be mortally wounded and the other would be maimed for life. Why is it that people don’t realize that we are not so different than the tigers?  Isn’t it true that conflict between two human beings or groups usually leaves one of them “maimed?”   Isn’t it true that even words spoken in anger or haste can wound the recipient for life? Let’s also not forget the damage we do to ourselves by harboring anger, jealously and resentment toward others. 


RESPECT-IN-ACTION

Posted: May 15, 2017

In every martial art we see some form of action taken to show respect: bowing before entering the training area, a customary way of greeting the instructor, rituals before sparring begins, …the list goes on and on. These actions are symbolic representations of what every practitioner should know and embrace as a true student of the martial arts.   Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is known as the “gentle art,” emphasizes the importance of safety of one’s opponent or training partner by respecting “the tap.” When an opponent submits by “tapping out”, the tap should always be respected. This ensures the safety of everyone involved.


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