Taking Care of your Mind is Jiu-Jitsu: The 8th teaching of the father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie
Anyone who knows the teachings of Great Master Carlos Gracie, knows that the advice provided by the patriarch of the family is not related to ways of techniques executions or secrets of how to finish the opponent. The gentle art is not only about techniques or competitions. Living the jiu-jitsu means bring the teachings of the dojo to the life outside it.
Living with different personalities and overcoming numerous adversities to spread the jiu-jitsu to the world gave Carlos an extensive experience regarding the combats off the mat. The creator of Brazilian jiu-jitsu was also target of some criticism – false
accusations in an attempt to divert him from the path that would lead him to the highest point of victory.
Carlos Gracie never let himself feel down because of those bad comments. He concentrated his forces and his whole life in improving his decisions, without neglecting the importance of technical development. As a good master, Carlos Gracie left the 8th teaching for us to learn how to overcome situations like he lived, “Employ most of the time improving yourself, and no time to criticize other people.”