Jiu jitsu’s greatest powers are frequently the easiest to miss.
Sometimes in the better bodies, improved cardio, and gold medals, we lose the transcendent power that this practice really has. Thankfully, people do take notice, and when they do, we get insightful articles like this one over at A Bare Knuckled Affair. Take 10 min or so and read the whole thing, but here’s an especially important excerpt:
I spoke with a MMA coach who told me about an adult student who started training at his gym because he wanted to hang out with other guys. The student grew up raised by his mother, without brothers. He was starved for affirming male touch.
At this point in the conversation, the coach threw his arm over my shoulder and said “Imagine if all your life you never had anyone pal around with you like this”. He punched me in the shoulder and said “imagine if you didn’t have guys slugging you saying ‘hey, you’re a knucklehead”.
…Heterosexual men often feel they can only be close to setup an affront to other men for real or simulated violence, whether in one-on-one fighting or as for a collective goal, like in a rugby scrum.
Have a read and leave a comment over there on your experiences, especially if you fall into a different demographic (as the author asks, ” such as a gay man, or a woman, or a survivor of sexual abuse”).