Jiu-Jitsu & life principle: tiring competition out to win
There are several different ways to win a Jiu-Jitsu match:
- You can simply be more technical than your opponent
- You can pencil a plan to play over your opponent weaknesses
- You can be stronger than your opponent (that may work if the technical knowledge is similar)
- You can be quicker than your opponent (after all, no matter how much knowledge you have, in Jiu-Jitsu, if you’re late, you’re done)
- And you may as well tire your opponent out
Let’s elaborate this last option today.
I’ve seen it over and over through the years I’ve been following Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. However, perhaps the best example I can find to illustrate this “way to the victory” is in the very classical challenge between Cassio Cardoso and Marcelo Behring, that happened over 20 years ago.
Cardoso quickly pulled guard and resisted for over 20 minutes Behring attempts to pass his guard.
Jiu-Jitsu was way simpler back then, and, for that reason, you can really appreciate how great these two masters were in the fundamentals by watching this particular match. Marcelo’s passing was nearly perfect, but so was Cassio’s defense.
I need to ask Cassio someday, but I guess Master Carlson Gracie played a strong role on his pupil game plan. But even if it hasn’t a touch of Carlson, it worked. Marcelo wasn’t able to pass, and ended tiring out. Patiently Cassio waited the right moment and scored (you can check the winning move at 1:23 of the video below).
The same Jiu-Jitsu way, applied to business
Gracie Barra leader Marcio Feitosa was a great competitor himself. He’s also a big researcher of Jiu-Jitsu. He probably watched the match I referred to above but, even if he didn’t, he saw many matches in which one of the opponents tired the other out, before taking the lead to win.
Feitosa takes such lessons seriously, and applies it to the actual life. Working hard over 12 hours a day, and even during the weekends, he very often half jokes with me in projects we work together:
“There’s no way, Luca, nobody is working like us at this time. We’re going to tire them out.”
Like I said, Feitosa’s tone when he says it is always of a joke, but there’s a lot of seriousness in it. After all, just like in a Jiu-Jitsu match, there are several ways to be victorious in business. One of them is doing like Cassio: tiring your competition out.
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Have you ever tired someone out in the mats? What about in life? Use the comments section below to tell your story