If you haven’t picked up Old School Jiu Jitsu founder Brian Jones’s book, Manifesto, you are missing out on a gem. Jiu Jitsu is about fun, fellowship, and food for thought, but the core principle of Jiu Jitsu is fighting.
An excerpt from the first few pages lays out the thesis: “Jiu Jitsu training provides many physical, mental, and moral benefits. The vehicle that teaches these lessons is conflict and fighting… Without realistic fighting emphasis, Jiu Jitsu’s full transformative potential cannot be realized. It is precisely the crucible of interpersonal violence that provides the fiery energy needed for change.”
I was fortunate to have purchased a signed copy. I have put my other books on hold just to read this. It’s not a lengthy book, but I am excited about the depth of information inside.
If you aren’t following Brian, check him out on Facebook and Instagram. His content is a mixture of old school martial arts history and timeless motivation from the pioneers. You won’t regret it.
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