Jiu-Jitsu, Nationalism and War
My previous post about eating right (and not get swept in Jiu-Jitsu ) generated some controversy. I knew it would, as people believe it’s right to eat turkey in the morning, have a steak in the lunch and dine chicken. We will disagree on that, but that’s okay, different opinions are entirely fair, and we kept the discussion within the subject.
Odd were two comments in Portuguese complaining I was sharing good knowledge with foreigners (“gringos!”) who were buying “our” Jiu-Jitsu, or, if you prefer, “our” BJJ.
Jiu-Jitsu is just a tool to better people’s lives.
As so, we should spread good Jiu-Jitsu knowledge as much as we can, and improve as many lives as it’s possible. We shouldn’t get reined by any type of border, specially an artificial, geographical one. I don’t think any knowledge should be a property of a certain nation anyways, specially one like Jiu-Jitsu, with a huge potential of benefiting multiple human beings.
I love the country where I was born, but my connection with people is through goodwill and good principles, not necessarily nationality or language. Let’s be open minded and realize that we live in a globalized world. That kind of restrictive thinking, if exaggerated, is the cause of wars, after all–okay, I’m being naïve and there’s always the economic reason, so let me put it in different words: stupid nationalism is how the masses are pushed (by people with economical reasons) to fight wars.
And, when in doubt, get back to Master Carlos Gracie, and try to learn with his experience and/or history. That works for almost every subject. In this particular case, did Master Carlos Gracie drop any sign that we should keep Jiu-Jitsu knowledge among Brazilians? No, it’s quite the opposite, his history teaches. If Japanese Mitsuyo Maeda had thought that way, he wouldn’t had taught Jiu-Jitsu to the young Carlos, and the martial art would have died in Japan.
What do you think? Agreeing or not, I would appreciate if you leave your opinion in the comments section.