Russell Brand: Life Is a Struggle And BJJ Teaches You How To Cope With the Struggle

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Here is the Russel Brand’s observation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how it affected his life in a positive way. The brand also said how now he’s able to control his anger and aggression. Russel Brand said:

Observation on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from a beginner. This is what I first had to learn and first to overcome when even going to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

It was a bit scary going down to that gym. I thought, oh no, I’m gonna have to wrestle with people and have stubble and sweat in my face and get crushed underneath people. I’m gonna hate that. But I went and I got used to that. 

I got used to the idea of being submitted and subjugated by other people, being humiliated. I got used to the idea of entering into the rooms in my mind where I felt not good enough and weak but this time in a safe context.

What I’ve most lately learned is that we house within us aggression and animalism and in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there are moments where you need to apply a burst of aggression. For someone like me, that’s not experienced in martial arts or fighting it’s good to learn that I have this energy in me and I can apply it without going in mad hysteria.

You remember when I get used to getting arrested? You must have seen the papers and stuff. I was arrested for shoving paparazzi and little bloody excursions and affrays what Matt Morgan once called “Liam Gallagher: The Musical”. Well, now I feel like those moments of aggression can be harnessed.

Now, how this is analogous to life? Sometimes, when dealing with people you will need to access energies in yourself that are assertive and to be able to do that without being hysterical, submerged in them, lost, chaotic is a very useful skill.

Life is a struggle and martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you that life is a struggle and how do we cope with the struggle. What decisions do we make when we’re struggling. Do we choose the correct moments to apply aggression or simply a higher energy state?

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I’m of course a beginner and I recently got a little stripe on that white belt, slightly coloring it in. So my observations are the observations of a beginner.

Thanks to my teachers that I’ve head, the Gracie Brothers. They sound badass, don’t they? Chris Cleere & recently Dean Barry, Paul Busby, good teachers.

Jiu-Jitsu there from the perspective of a person who knows very little about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu According To Russell Brand

I was scared at first…

Posted by Russell Brand on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Almost a year ago Russell Brand was the guest of Joe Rogan in Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He was talking about his believing in the possibility of change

I believe in the possibility of change. What happened to me was that when I hit 40 I thought right now I know a lot of things.  It is some kind of a personal version of spirituality. That’s what I’ve found. William Blake, the great English poet, says each artist must find his own religion. We have to find our own way. We have to find what works for you is not gonna be the same as what works for me”

Russell Brand explained:
“There are ways where we are collective but there are ways where we are individuals. So I got to educate myself. I’m gonna have to do things that mean something to me. Part of that is me doing my own small fragile brittle way Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I’ve never done stuff like that before. Live in your body, be in there and go”

Russel Brand also gave his club a shout out saying to Joe Rogan about how everyone in his club is huge fans of Joe Rogan and his show:

“Go into RGA BUCKS MARLOW GENESIS GYM, giving them a drop because they’re all such huge fans of your show”

Brand added: “I go in there and I do sessions with Chris the titanium skeleton of a man, beats me up he can cause pain in ways…How is he even doing that?! And when I try to do the stuff back it doesn’t work. Or puts me in my body a different way.“

You can check the full Interview with Joe Rogan and Russell Brand and Brand’s training of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a video below: