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Karma Jiu Jitsu

Karma Jiu Jitsu was conceived from the desire to combine jiujitsu with the teachings of Buddhism. Raechel and Alan individually recognized the many ways jiujitsu and Buddhism are not only parallel but also present in many life situations. Karma comes from Buddhism and is regarded as the natural law of cause and effect that governs the universe. Karma literally means ACTION and karma is both the power latent within actions, and the results our actions bring. In simple terms, what does karma mean? It means that whatever we do with our body, speech, or mind, will have a corresponding  result. Each action, even the smallest, is pregnant with consequences. It is said, by the masters, that even a little poison can cause death, and even a tiny seed can become a huge tree.

The law of karma is inevitable and infallible, whenever we harm others, we are directly harming ourselves, and whenever we bring happiness to others, we are bringing ourselves future happiness. When we practice jiujitsu, each movement or action we make naturally causes a (re)action from our partner. When we do well, we are able to take actions that benefit us and further our goals. If we move inefficiently or recklessly the consequence can be that we lose our position, advantage, or at worst our training partner. We are constantly deciding how to move and are making judgements about the best interests of ourselves and our training partners. When we are doing jiujitsu, just like life, we should focus on the things that we can control.  We quickly learn the only thing we can control is ourself. 

Karma is not tangible, transferable, or sentient. Karma does not decay like external things, or ever become inoperative. It cannot be destroyed by time, fire, or water. Karma is not fatalistic or predetermined. Karma means our ability to create and to change. It’s creative, because we can determine how and why we act. We can change. The future is in our hands, and in the hands of our heart.


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