33 Quotes about Art from My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu (by Chris Matakas)

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My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu quotes about art

This is the opportunity the fellowship of Jiu Jitsu affords us. To reach our highest potential of self, and then to offer that self to another.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


I have seen far by seeing through the lens of Jiu Jitsu. I have exchanged a great deal of physical health for these insights, and these were trades worth making. My efforts were worth the return. I have sacrificed much in the name of this craft. Not for trophies or belts or prestige. For these fall away like dust. I pursued this art so fervently because it was not actually Jiu Jitsu I pursued. It was myself.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu provides a place of fellowship that, unfortunately, our society has largely failed to create.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


I can think of no more worthwhile aim than pursuing mastery in this craft while transcending one’s own limitations.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


The infinitude of Jiu Jitsu allows for the infinitude of the types of practitioners. There exists a game for each and every one of us which is specifically possible within the confines of our particular skill set.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


It is fellowship, this most fundamental need on our way toward achieving our highest expression of the human experience, which Jiu Jitsu provides.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


It appears, at least from my perspective, that each and every position in Jiu Jitsu regardless of the seeming complexity is really governed by no more than a handful of minimum viable products. Pursue to understand these essentials, and you will see that complexity is a myth perpetuated by lack of understanding, and it is this understanding which is possible for each of us.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Autopilot is great, and removal of thought is one of the highest ideals of training. But removal of thought in the moment must be preceded by purposeful thought beforehand.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


In Jiu Jitsu, we often fall into the trap of simply trying a technique “harder, ” rather than recognizing that it is a poorly chosen tool for the task at hand.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu is meant to serve us, not the other way around. It is meant to make you more of whatever it is you already are. It is meant to separate the wheat from the chaff. It is meant to bring to conscious attention all that once went unseen. It is meant to make you more loving. It is meant to make you more wise, but less certain. It is meant to make us humble, yet supremely confident. It is meant to remind us of our frailty while simultaneously making us feel invincible.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Imagine a true master of the art, someone with complete skill in every aspect of Jiu Jitsu. This master would not force anything. He would simply allow the roll to take whatever form it does, and in every position would act in the most efficient way based off what the circumstance dictates, and not what he himself prefers.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu can be a source of total transparency such as a mirror, but it takes a conscious choice to see what it has to say.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


I believe that which you study is only matched in importance by the sincerity with which you approach it.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


I wanted to get to the most essential aspect of my being, and look around for a while. I wanted to explore what I am in my most basic self. I wanted to chip away at all of the nonsense I have acquired through my twenty-nine years on this earth. I wanted to find truth. Thoreau went to the woods. I went to the mats. Jiu Jitsu has peeled the veil of daily life, and has shown me what lies beyond the curtain. We willingly accept the chains that circumstance forces upon us, and we grow to find comfort in them. We attach various fetters of day-to-day living to our being, and we do so with a smile. We accept these constraints for they come in the way of comfort. We accept conformity for it appears the path of least resistance. We strive toward the middle, and we run from ourselves.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


By becoming a black belt, you will become whatever it is you wanted to be in the first place, and Jiu Jitsu will have served its aim.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Any advanced student will tell you the best way to recover guard is simply not to get your guard passed in the first place.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu gives each of us something that no other sport can. We have the opportunity to become truly great regardless of what circumstance fate has handed us. We have complete freedom and responsibility to achieve whatever level of mastery we wish.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu has shown me that we are not confined to the lot which we inherit. We are not bound to these fetters eternally. They are temporal. We can transcend them should we sincerely choose to. Sincere effort is in fact the rarest virtue among man.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


We seek to understand Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle to understand ourselves. We have different explicit goals, from getting in shape, learning self-defense or competition, but tacitly we all seek mastery of ourselves.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


For the sincere student, it mustn’t be enough to simply understand Jiu Jitsu. We must seek to understand ourselves.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


I believe the real reason we pursue anything in life is not for the thing itself, but for who we become on the way to its accomplishment. We strive to accomplish things in the attempt to mold ourselves. The greatest benefits Jiu Jitsu will have in your life will have nothing to do with Jiu Jitsu. It is this simple understanding that allows me to persist in my study. Even on the rare days when I may not have a burning desire to practice Jiu Jitsu, I am reminded that my practicing Jiu Jitsu is more accurately my practicing to become a better human being. The lessons I learn on the mat will serve me in every area of life– personal development, relationships, business, and the like.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Thoreau went to the woods. I went to the mats.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


If Jiu Jitsu does not make you a better father, son, mother, daughter, wife or husband, you are missing the point. If Jiu Jitsu does not leave you viewing strangers in a kinder light, you are missing the point. If you are not better equipped to deal with the vicissitudes of life due to your training, then you are not really training.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


An arm bar in a vacuum is worthless. It is the realization of the truths which constitute that arm bar that is the real treasure we seek.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


We must not learn to try harder. The key is to learn how not to try in the first place.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Relationships formed through Jiu Jitsu are deeply rooted in respect for one another, and this is often not the case in matters of modern society.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


True mastery, it turns out, is not found in accumulating each and every tool under the sun. True mastery is learning that there are really only a handful of tools, and it is the proper application with correct timing and setting that makes them so useful.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


We call it training. Not because we are training for Jiu Jitsu. We are training for life.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


There is no concrete way to play Jiu Jitsu, and this is why so many different types of people find joy in it.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu forges friendships in a way I’ve never known. Being involved in an art as intimate as this, where bodily connection is a must, the common cultural boundaries of personal space are broken. You will never see more hugs, high fives, and physical expressions of love than on the mats. Ultimately, this proves to be one of the most fulfilling aspects of our pursuit of mastery. Along the way, we learn to love others as we love ourselves.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Have a clear-cut plan on what you wish to improve, and seek opportunities to improve it. The more conscious and honest we can be about our shortcomings, the more strength we will have to improve them. We are going to train hard anyway, we are not going to sweat any more or less. It is simply imperative that the sweat is properly directed.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Through Jiu Jitsu I have developed many of the most meaningful relationships in my life, and if that were the only benefit of my practice, Jiu Jitsu would still be the best endeavor I have ever undertaken.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


I believe we must pursue mastery for who we become along the way in its achievement. When we progress in Jiu Jitsu, that newfound experience and wisdom transcends into all areas of our lives. We use Jiu Jitsu as the vehicle for growth, but that growth radiates over all of human activity. Someone who devotes time and energy in learning this skill is learning far more than how to subdue an opponent. The student learns persistence, perseverance, pattern recognition, problem solving, and most importantly, learning how to learn. In the arena of life, these virtues are far more valuable than any guard pass.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu


Do not seek victory, for victory in itself will not serve you. Seek to understand what made the victory possible.

— Chris Matakas, My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu