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Nobody's Perfect

I would like to share some the thoughts on the idea of perfect. In the common vernacular when we hear the word perfect it tends to have some loaded connotations. I tend to use this word infrequently because when taken out of context it can create undue pressure to perform. Really though, Perfect is a compound from the Latin word perficere, which breaks down into per- ("completely") and facere ("do"). So, in short if we use the word perfect in it’s original sense it simply means to follow through. Personally, I can get behind this sentiment 100%. I remember vividly when I learned this, my view suddenly shifted—a weight lifted off my shoulders and I realized that to be perfect was not actually possible, but the act of following through was thoroughly achievable. Perfect does not mean that we do not make mistakes, or that we as individuals or what we produce, is flawless—it does however, allow us to stand back and objectively look at what we have done/made, learn from it and improve upon it. In the context of Jiu Jitsu, I like to apply this to our actions on the mat, whether we are warming up, drilling or sparring. We can ask ourselves: Did I complete the action to the best of my ability? What can I do to make my actions more complete?, How can I further improve upon the action? Ultimately, we can always strive to follow through, of course there will be obstacles, but take joy in the idea that we can learn from those obstacles and try again!

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