I know my lane …
Even within my own field of competence, there are many unique approaches and perspectives that I know little to nothing about. This is a wondrous thing. It motivates me to keep improving.
On the martial arts landscape, there is prevalent culture of ‘let’s fake it till we make it’; that holds people back from fully unlocking their true potential. My perspective is that we just don’t have enough time to be bullshitting other people, let alone ourselves.
I have a pretty good understanding of the concepts, techniques and strategies that go into forming the meta-structure of that thing we call Jiu Jitsu; but have I explored every branch? No, of course not; how could I? And with new branches shooting off in new directions, on almost a daily basis, it is a full-time task to keep abreast of developments. It’s challenging to say the least.
Wander here, there and everywhere; get to know a little about the wider landscape, for sure … but also, know your lane; know what you can bring to the table when it really counts; and also, know where you fall short. “Fake it till you make it” - is the credo of the insecure.