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“The Five Elements of Jiu-Jitsu” by Mike Bidwell

A student recently asked me:
“What does it feel like for you as a BJJ Black Belt to roll with someone who doesn’t understand the flow?

Me: “Have you ever danced with someone who doesn’t want to dance? It’s kind of like that except that I can guide them into my rhythm but they cannot force me into theirs…”

So what is this ‘flow’ you speak of? I know it all sounds a bit mystical and reminiscent of “the force” in Star Wars or Neo in the Matrix. Well it’s none of that and all of that…

So to begin may I offer you the red pill or the blue pill? You take the blue pill, you stop reading this article and go on with your training and you believe what you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay…

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