Friends,

I wrote “On Jiu Jitsu” because the most worthwhile growth which the training of Jiu Jitsu provides is often the hardest to articulate.

Our technical skill is tracked by our rank, our health is measured by our waistline, but we have no readily available metric with which to quantify the development of our character. Though we may not be able to tangibly measure this progress, a codification of the terms can at least bring us to a better awareness of their existence and the need for their development.

I believe that Jiu Jitsu is the vehicle with which we mold our character. My growth as a human being has paralleled my technical progress in this art, and it wasn’t until writing this book that I truly understood why.

The virtues which Jiu Jitsu most produces, and the vices which it most removes, are those which our humanity most requires.

Humility and Pride.
Resolve and Weakness.
Efficacy and Ignorance.

“On Jiu Jitsu” focuses on these three fundamental themes, as we learn to use the environment which Jiu Jitsu provides to further our self-actualization, with the end goal being, as it always is, to use our newly acquired abilities for the betterment of others.

Should you find this concept worth exploring, On Jiu Jitsu is now available on Amazon. And should you choose to read it, I very much look forward to your thoughts.

Wishing you all the best,

Chris Matakas