Michael Friedman presents a fascinating view into the philosophy, culture and camaraderie of Jiu Jitsu.

I’m certain his findings resonate with many fellow practitioners.


“In its most colloquial meaning, gratitude is a basic process by which we are thankful. We feel appreciation for our life and for those who have demonstrated kindness towards us. And that is an important first step of gratitude. But in BJJ, gratitude goes a step further from being a feeling to being an active verb. We don’t just feel appreciation for the opportunity to train or for the people around us. We are grateful as an active process by which we not only open ourselves up to learning but also seek it out in its many forms.”


The complete article for Psychology Today can be found in the link below.





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