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What's your hardest-earned bit of knowledge?

People tend to think they are finally, after learning so many things, currently living as their definitive versions. And we're always wrong. 

Can you think of something you thought you knew—and maybe even stubbornly defended—before arriving at your current enlightened state of knowledge? Maybe your story can prevent someone from having to learn the hard way. We're mostly talking about jiujitsu here, but feel free to teach us about anything you find important. 


Daniel Timpe Avatar
Daniel Timpe commented:

Yes, i know this kind of knowing, up to the point where everything changed and i learned beyond my further „knowledge“. Sokrates (philosopher from the old greece) told us already: Anyone who thinks they are something has ceased to become something. (Free translated by google).
I thought i know how to defend myself. 35 years of martial arts knowledge should be enough, right? But then i landed on my back on the ground (sparring in Krav Maga) with another instructor who was a brown belt in BJJ. That opened my mind and awakend my curiosity, so i started to learn more about that „Groundfighting“ thing. - Stay curious in life and martial arts! It helps to be open for others (concepts and people) and learn more , even about yourself, by this open mind state. - Best regards from germany and netherlands (from Harold Harder Jiu Jiutsu)

October 08, 2022 12:57 AM
danbrown Avatar
danbrown commented:

BJJ helped me figure out that my superpower is persistence. When I started, I was terrible. But I never gave up, I desired to get better, I tried hard, went to class, practiced at home, and eventually I improved. All the challenges life brought me, I do the same. I keep trying, endure the pressure, stay calm, try new strategies, keep moving. As long as I keep fighting, I can overcome. That's what I learned from Master Royce, and my instructors and friends in BJJ.

October 04, 2022 01:14 PM
Chaplain Steve McMeans Avatar
Chaplain Steve McMeans replied:

Thank you. I’m very encouraged by this Dan. God bless you!

October 04, 2022 04:49 PM
Chaplain Steve McMeans Avatar
Chaplain Steve McMeans commented:

Thank you for this question!

I’ve learned in just the last few days that Justice is sometimes as invisible as Jiu-Jitsu. But the ability to win a fight or any kind of conflict for that matter is with the totally VISIBLE part of Jiu-Jitsu—it’s gentleness.

To let folks who’ve dishonored me and my family “off the hook”, is the better part of wisdom, and the whole part of Jiu-Jitsu.

All the force necessary. Let God have the rest.


Chaplain Steve
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October 04, 2022 03:30 AM