I have been reading Alexandre Paiva’s new book on BJJ and I find it very interesting. The introduction especially discusses some very deep stuff.
On the physical side of Jiu-Jitsu Professor Paiva says,
“The logic, tactics, and strategy in technique must be built on the knowledge of anatomy. One must know body parts, structure, mechanics, and all kinds of limitations– the limitations of the range of motion needed to execute sprains and needed to perform chokes. Based on this sort of knowledge, one can learn how to use locks and pins to force the opponent into submission. This is a close contact fight, body to body. Both fighters need to set their own strategy and tactics of attack, but they also have to understand and anticipate the opponent’s moves and possible actions in order to counteract.”
“Besides it’s physical side, Jiu-Jitsu has also a moral and ethical context, which also gives students training in moral aspects. When practicing with a sense of proportion and respect for the opponent, Jiu-Jitsu is very positive and moral. Practicing with others allows one to develop friendships and to bond with other people. The social aspect keeps the student coming back, continuing to practice and–finally–achieving new skills. Jiu-Jitsu is a wonderful way to educate a person and allow them to develop social tools.”
“Technical development in Jiu-Jitsu depends on the way one maintains discipline in many aspects of daily life, such as a healthy diet, a regular schedule, etc. This discipline is another way of saying self-control.”
He goes on to say Jiu-Jitsu…”is also a great life lesson which will prepare students to face their surrounding reality by teaching them about their limitations, increasing their self-esteem and confidence, and improving their motor skills. Practicing teaches one to respect one’s friend and opponents, to handle both victory and defeat.”
“If only we choose, we can live our dream life and achieve everything we want, instead of watching as time passes by. Jiu-Jitsu can be of great use in creating and preparing for such a life.”
Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva is a figure of extreme importance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s history, not only was he one of the founding members of the world champion team, Alliance, he also trained several important BJJ’ers, such as Fernando “Tereré”, Leonardo Leite, Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa among many others. He is also a close friend to our own Luiz Palhares. The book is very good. It shows some great details on several gi and no gi positions.