People who spend time training with diligence and spirit quickly realize jujutsu (and martial arts in general) provide one with benefits well beyond self-defense. Jujutsu, for many, becomes a way of life, or as Assistant Professor Rennie likes to say, a metaphor for life. Implementing lessons learned on the mat in one’s day-to-day experience deepens a practitioner’s understanding of both life and jujutsu.
One such application concerns energy. In jujutsu, the jujutska strives to learn how to redirect the energy (i.e. force and momentum) of an attack rather than clash with it. Can the physical principles learned in the dojo have a practical application outside of combat? I believe a person is who he or she is because of his or her experiences. I also believe there is no such thing as wasted time: we need the energy of certain experiences to propel us into new experiences. Each moment possesses its own energy. Ask yourself how you feel. Tired? Angry? Your emotions are part of the energy of your moment. Now, rather than clashing with that energy (for example, saying you’re tired and thus can’t go dancing), accept it and ask how the energy of the moment can be best utilized to carry your life in the direction you wish. Sometimes we really are too tired to go dancing, but practicing this mental exercise is a step toward fostering self-awareness and internal honesty. If you’re like me, it will also help you stop beating yourself up for “wasting time”.
I urge you to look as objectively as possible at your ever-changing internal states and the situations constantly developing around you, and instead of struggling with those circumstances, accept them and determine how the energy of the moment can be utilized. Then, whatever choice you make, proceed with full awareness and acceptance. Each moment serves a purpose, and is only good or bad so far as we attach significance to it.