Westside Jiu-Jitsu owner, Mark, came up with the Seven Deadly Sins of Jiu-Jitsu. For a detailed description, click the link and go to his blog.
In short, they are:
- Giving up your back.
- Being too proud to tap.
- Freaking out when you get frustrated.
- Being malicious.
- Going too fast.
I’ve probably been guilty of all of these at some point, but I definitely commit some sins more than others (see sins 3, 5, and 6). A few weeks back, I unwittingly prompted Mark to come up with the list by committing the third sin. One of the purple belts, Chris, had mount or something and apparently I flailed around like a seizure victim trying to escape. Thus, the list of sins was born. It’s a pretty unfortunate way to contribute to jiu jitsu knowledge, but to hell with it. Some poor sap had to screw up enough to generate the original Cardinal Sins, so I guess I’m just doing my part.
The point I’m trying to get to is Miles (another Dragon Eagle/friend) had cross body on me. Mark took note of my apparent composure, and complimented me on it. I didn’t commit sin 3! The problem, however, is Mark’s compliment was delivered not 10 seconds after Miles pulled some ninja shit and choked me out.
Baby steps, I guess.