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Jesus and Jiu-Jitsu

Posted By Carlo Serrano On Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 10:00 am In Spirituality | No Comments

L to R: Brian Marvin, Carlo Serrano, John Renken [1]

L to R: Brian Marvin, Carlo Serrano, John Renken

Last year I learned a lot about myself and about life in general. To the surprise of most, those lessons were not learned at church or in school. I learned them while practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! The biggest lesson I learned is that when it comes to difficult situations, posture is everything.

Allow me to explain.

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, good posture is everything.  The name of the game is breaking your opponents base.  If you can get the other guy off balance, you will almost always be in a position to finish. I know this because as a white belt, I am usually the guy who is off balance!  I have been submitted by guys who are 60 pound lighter than I am simply because of their good posture and technique and my poor posture.  My natural tendency is to try to “muscle” out of bad situations. While I am using brute force, the other guy is patiently waiting and conserving energy until I either get tired or lose my base (posture). Posture matters.

The Bible talks about good posture often.It says things like: “Pride goes before destruction.  A haughty spirit before a fall. Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Be joyful always. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Trust in the Lord.  Do not lean on your own understanding.”

Instead of trying to muscle your way through your difficult situation, I encourage you to consider good posture.  Consider godly posture. Your posture could be the difference between being down for the count or finishing on top.

See Proverbs 16:18, 1 Peter 5:5-6, 1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 Thessalonians 5:16, James 1:19, or Proverbs 3:5-6 for more on what the Bible says about “posture”.


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