What Song Represents Your Jiu Jitsu?

“You are the music while the music lasts.” – TS Elliot

macklemore-thrift-shop-jiu-jitsuPaul Wickes, a recent black belt, instructor, experiments a lot in his teaching of jiu jitsu. Experimenting is interesting to me because that’s how things get discovered. Of course, my personality is one that tends to avoid experimentation. For example, I’ve eaten oatmeal in the morning for the last several years, unless I wake up in a foreign place with a tiger and a baby (Hangover reference), and oatmeal is not on the menu. But, I try to force experimentation on myself.

That leads me to something that Paul asked people in class yesterday, and I had to write a blog post about it. The question was: what style of music represents your jiu jitsu as it is and as you want it to be? He was mostly asking about the latter (what you want it to be) but I think the former is important to.

I guess the question is asking if your highlight video had a soundtrack, what would make the most sense? Instead of “style of music”, I think picking a representative song (without thinking too much) is probably the way to go, since the question is absurd in premise anyway. For what I want my jiu jitsu to be, my off the cuff answer was Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Another example, in the same vein, is Sabotage by Beastie Boys. The music is catchy, “playful”, active, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, while still being somewhat flashy. So yeah, at that instant, I wanted my jiu jitsu to be Thrift Shop by Macklemore:

Unfortunately, my jiu jitsu is currently a lot closer to Johnny Cash’s version of Hurt: slow, simple, heavy, and full of old man wisdom and painful lessons learned. Nothing light, playful, or upbeat about it:

I didn’t catch everyone’s answer, but I know Paul himself wanted his jiu jitsu to be funk, and Elliot (a very unorthodox brown belt) wanted his jiu jitsu to be polka, which is somehow fitting for his game.

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0 thoughts on “What Song Represents Your Jiu Jitsu?

  1. David

    This concept got me thinking about my Judo in a new way, and I had to think long and hard about which song would represent how I fight…most of the time I like to think I’m Swedish House Mafia-Greyhound kind of guy…unfortunately,some of the time I’m that that stereotypical clown/circus music!!

    1. Lex Post author

      Lol. Yeah, I think it’s very important to take a step back and ask what your judo looks like. When I video myself training and watch it back later, it’s a lot worse than I imagine it. Reality hurts sometimes, but it’s important to acknowledge it.


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