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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques and Aikido - Maintaining Calm

Updated on August 31, 2011


Calmness in the practice of Aikido
Calmness in the practice of Aikido

Tohei Sensei - Strength in Calmness

Can calmness be part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) or Aikido?

A calm state of mind is actually essential to the successful practice of these arts. Tension works against the martial artist in many ways:

  • Tension hastens the development of fatigue because it causes a greater expenditure of energy with each move. To test this idea, watch how quickly a beginner "gases out" within a short time compared to an advanced practitioner.
  • Excessive tension "telegraphs" your intent.
  • Tension unsettles mind, which leads to errors.

Calming Your Mind Continued

When the lay person observes a BJJ match they may perceive that the action is intense throughout. Observe a championship MMA match in the Octagon and you will see that even in a position of substantial disadvantage such as half or full mount and defending against the "ground and pound" a practitioner will be taking deep breaths and their face will often not display signs of extreme tension.

In Aikido, a calm state of mind is essential to the correct application of techniques. In fact, "Relax Completely" is one of the Four Fundamental Principles of this martial art. A prime example of calmness is the proper execution of Randori, a freestyle technique which pits the Aikido practitioner against multiple opponents whose attacks may include grabs, strikes or kicks. The goal is to demonstrate your ability to remain calm and aware of threats from all directions and to take steps to evade and neutralize them while maintaining your center or "one point".

Conclusion - Calmness is not only beneficial for the Martial Arts practitioner, it is essential to the efficient execution of techniques. Whether in the MMA Octagon, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu match or on the Aikido mat, calmness fosters fluidity and promotes a relaxed mental state.


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      Stretch 2 years ago

      Your articles are for when it abloustely, positively, needs to be understood overnight.

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      Kristin 9 years ago

      This article demonstrates how connected the mind and body are. With a calm mind we are able to accomplish so much more in life. "Relax Completely" is a motto that can translate into all activities not just martial arts.

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      aikidk01 9 years ago

      Shirley - Thank you for visiting my site. I must say that Aikido has made a tremendous contribution to my has the Beatles.

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Liked the video of Steven Segal. It seems that the discipline required to do martial arts would be a tremendous tool for calming the mind.