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The fight, both symbolic and literal

It’s common for people to speak of warriorship in everyday life. Folks might talk about things in terms of a “fight,” someone might advise you to “roll with the punches” when working through a tough situation, or maybe you come across a meme of Bruce Lee’s often quoted “Be water, my friend.”

Whatever it is, there is no denying that ideas and principles from martial arts / combat sports are woven into society’s regular thought processes and language. So, I figure, rather than treat the sayings and lessons as romantic or ancient abstractions, let’s admit that these arts and their respective practitioners are very much alive today.

Let’s learn directly from existing martial artists themselves — about philosophy and mindset, the kinds of things for which they are frequently revered and referenced.

In this case, we speak with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, coach, and gym owner, Romulo Melo. We cover a broad range of topics including…

  • The history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • His own history with the art
  • How to maintain both physical and mental longevity
  • Why it is “losing” might not exist
  • The value of “tapping out”
  • The difference between strength vs technique

This isn’t by any means going to be some definitive exploration of the art. However, I think it may serve as a good primer for the uninitiated and an opportunity to explore some pretty cool perspectives from the world of combat sports.


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