Tweed and Metal

It plays, because it plays. The "because" withers away in the play. The play is without "why." -Martin Heidegger
     When I first started practicing this art it was about girls. I just thought it would be cool to change the dynamics of my conversation by saying “I do this” rather than “I play Call of Duty”. On one hand it worked, on the other it totally fucking back-fired. It back-fired in the way that I’ve cut promising dates short to go learn and arm-lock (It was the Kimura, a move so beautiful it defies words). And now this is what comes first. 
     At the same time I picked this up I started looking at churches around town. I’d always been raised around the church, and while I often professed Athiesm it was more anti-theism. I still find a lot of it pure bullshit, but that’s another topic.
    Now I know it sounds strange to even try and connect Jesus and Jiujitsu, but that’s what happened in my mind. They both require patience, stillness, and belief in one’s own abilities. The truly strange similarity is that they both require a conscious decision that we put ourselves in hell even if momentarily. For us to grow deeply we must destroy the idea of comfort and embrace discomfort. Amidst the chaos of life, or on the mat, they both require serene stillness and peace. Lastly, you can often here of the double-edged sword of victory from Jiujitsu practitioners. If you lose, you will work to get better. If you win, there is always the threat of resting. It’s sort of like that with church. We get what we want and leave. Shit goes bad, we haul ourselves in.
  And that is how I came to pair Jesus and Jiujitsu.

     When I first started practicing this art it was about girls. I just thought it would be cool to change the dynamics of my conversation by saying “I do this” rather than “I play Call of Duty”. On one hand it worked, on the other it totally fucking back-fired. It back-fired in the way that I’ve cut promising dates short to go learn and arm-lock (It was the Kimura, a move so beautiful it defies words). And now this is what comes first.

     At the same time I picked this up I started looking at churches around town. I’d always been raised around the church, and while I often professed Athiesm it was more anti-theism. I still find a lot of it pure bullshit, but that’s another topic.

    Now I know it sounds strange to even try and connect Jesus and Jiujitsu, but that’s what happened in my mind. They both require patience, stillness, and belief in one’s own abilities. The truly strange similarity is that they both require a conscious decision that we put ourselves in hell even if momentarily. For us to grow deeply we must destroy the idea of comfort and embrace discomfort. Amidst the chaos of life, or on the mat, they both require serene stillness and peace. Lastly, you can often here of the double-edged sword of victory from Jiujitsu practitioners. If you lose, you will work to get better. If you win, there is always the threat of resting. It’s sort of like that with church. We get what we want and leave. Shit goes bad, we haul ourselves in.

  And that is how I came to pair Jesus and Jiujitsu.

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