Keith Myers, a friend a training partner, publishes a blog at http://tapoften.wordpress.com/. I particularly liked this post and have republished with his permission. If you run across a particularly good blog post please let us know either through email or on Facebook. We'd love to share.
Humildade em Vitória
I often find myself pondering what I call the great pillars of jiu-jitsu. These are the character traits that should be cultivated through training to become a better person off the mats. These include:
Humility Honor Discipline Integrity Critical Thought Self-Control
This post will only deal with the first of those pillars: Humility. Specifically, I'd like to address the concept of humility in victory.
We are taught that jiu-jitsu is a great engine of humility and I believe it to be true: Everyone must tap thousands of times, put their egos aside and realize for a moment that they are not the rough and tumble bad-ass that they thought they were. Often enough, this lesson is drilled into us through training with partners both above and below what we deem our skill level. As a blue belt, I consistently tap to friends that are still wearing a white strap around their waist, reinforcing the concepts that A. a belt is not the thing to be striving for and B. that humility comes in defeat.