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Jiu Jitsu and Sailing: Be the Captain of your Life

GB Dana Point Martial Arts Instructor Talks about Jiu-Jitsu, Sailing and Life

Boats have always been an important object of imagination and appreciation for our family.

My brother and I grew up playing on a Island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Boats were as present as cars in our lives.

Growing up, I became fascinated with them. I eventually started to see my self as the captain of this boat called “My Life”.

I learned to use the boat and captain analogy to explain to friends and co workers the importance of having goals, mission statement, vision, and a code of conduct. These tools come together in a solid whole constituting the philosophy of the organization being a business, a Jiu Jitsu school or a family.

If I am the captain, my life is the a boat and so is my business, career,  family, or BJJ schools. As the captain of that boat, I need a precise definition what is my final destination (vision). I also need a map that is going to show me how to get there (mission statement). I also need to rely on beacons that help me navigate on the dark without crushing against the rocks (code of conduct).

Master Carlos Gracie Jr. did an outstanding job creating a strong philosophical foundation for Gracie Barra. On recent years we have done a lot of effort to translate that philosophy into tools that would allow his philosophy to contribute to the personal growth of each GB leader, school and ultimately Gracie Barra as a whole.

The GB Mission Statement, Code of Conduct and Vision became as well known as more practical teaching tools like the fundamentals curriculum.

Personally, I attribute most of GBs growth and success over the years to its strong philosophical foundations. Each one of the Gracie Barra members should not only understand our group philosophy but enforce and help promote it to the new students and the community.

How about your boat? Are you the captain? Do you know where you are going? We would love to hear your thoughts.

See you on the mats,

Professor Flavio Almeida

(twitter: @flavioalmeidagb)

“If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him” – Seneca

This Picture was taking by our father a week ago on a sailing boat. He was travelling the coast of Rio de Janeiro chasing the best waves and the perfect sunrise.

 

 

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