Yield to Win

Yield to Win

Last night we had another fun informative seminar taught by my BJJ instructor Mr. Steve Miller from Morgan City. At the end of the seminar he reminded us of a statement that I've heard many times "yield to win".

Sometimes you have to yield to win. Don't fight - "flow with the go", as Rickson would say.

Ju-Jitsu translated from japanese means ‘yielding technique’.  The word Jujutsu can be broken down into two parts. "Ju" is a concept. The idea behind this meaning of Ju is "to be gentle", "to give way", "to yield", "to blend", "to move out of harm's way". "Jutsu" is the principle or "the action" part of Ju-Jutsu. In Japanese this word can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against themselves rather than confronting it with one's own force. Knowing how to yield to an opponent’s attacks and then use timing to divert and defend them is amazing to watch. It's the essence of the art-form. 

My Judo instructor in college (Mrs. Connie) would often explain the experience of training with a master as feeling like she was ‘fighting an empty jacket’. It felt as if her push/pull attempts weren't met with the typical resistance usually felt from an opponent but instead empty space before being countered.

Muscling and straining through techniques don't interest me. Being able to use leverage, strategy and timing to make my opponent feel like I'm always thinking a few steps ahead of them is what I’m striving for.

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