I love this quote and I wish I could take credit for it, but it was Rickson Gracie who said it first.
If you’ve been to any number of martial arts clubs you’ve probably heard this saying before. “Leave your ego at the door.” Most people assume that this means come in, be humble and don’t try to “beat everyone up”. This is partly right. To truly leave your ego at the door, you need to be willing to give in to the martial art and learn all of it’s aspects.
Most people will walk into a club and leave what they think is their ego at the door, but there is more to it than that. To learn you must trust in Jiu-Jitsu, as Rickson said “Jiu-Jitsu is perfect.”
Sometimes people are afraid to be seen in a bad position as if it is the sole reflection of their skill. Their ego will not allow others to see them in this bad spot. The problem is that when they do get put in that situation they haven’t had enough chances to practice from there, so they can’t escape the position. When practicing, you should always work on your weakest position. When your weaknesses become your strengths there is no need to worry about them.
Others will attempt to practice from that position of weakness, they start off by trying to rely on technique, but then get frustrated if it doesn’t happen right away. They end up panicking and using their strength or athleticism to allow them to escape. Again the ego has taken over. If you allow yourself to trust in Jiu-Jitsu, the technical escape is there, it just might take you awhile to find it. Once you do however, it’ll be yours forever.