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Publisher's Summary

We will develop only the strength our environment demands of us. When our environment fails to challenge our depths, we are tasked to create one that does. 

Practitioners across the globe continue to use jujitsu as a tool for personal development. For many, the jujitsu academy is the one place in which we purposefully practice virtuous action. On Jiu Jitsu seeks to codify the mechanisms by which jujitsu shapes the individual, as the character traits required to achieve mastery in sport are the same that our highest humanity requires. 

It is the hope of the author that the articulation of these benefits will ensure the listener's continued practice of self-mastery through this sacred medium.

©2017 Chris Matakas (P)2019 Chris Matakas

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Jiu Jitsu is the best medicine against PTSD

this book was absolutely amazing and in so many various different ways it has encompassed the passionate love for an art form that so many other people already love. No matter if you loved you Jitsu or have never spent one minute on the map, this book will change your life. The amount of times that he quotes CS Lewis alone makes my heart Happy. But above and beyond the quotes the depth and honesty with which he speaks about this subject is I believe unseen in any other book that I have read best far. if you are looking to change your game in Life or in martial arts, this book is for you. Please read this book at least five times and then on your 6 time share it with somebody else. Cannot say enough how the simple $30 it cost to purchase it was not enough. This is truly a gem among the variety of different ridiculous books and I'm so happy I stumbled upon it. Chris, if you read this I really appreciate your words sir. I look forward to the possible chance to be able to slap and pound and roll around on the map while you submit me until I can't breathe straight. :-)

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Love jiu jitsu

This short audiobook gave me the words to explain why I love jiu jitsu. Kindness +strength=JJ

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A beautiful take on jiu-jitsu

A beautiful take on the way jiu-jitsu relates to your life off the mat. I like the theory and ideas to bring more awareness to my training.

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  • 08-28-21

Matakas’ words are like a balm for the soul.

“Opportunity lies where responsibility has been abdicated.” Jordan B. Peterson

It was JBP who woke me up to the problem (and solution) in our current culture. I realized that I must take radical responsibility for myself, and that others must as well. Only that has the power to change our course. But, Matakas completed that revelation in me with his focus on meaning coming from service to others. When we take responsibility for ourselves, focusing our lives on becoming better (with which jiu jitsu helps tremendously), the real meaning of it all is when we use what we’ve learned to help others. Both this book and ‘Five Rules For White Belts’ have brought another level of appreciation to this art. Thank you.

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Wishing the author was the speaker

I’m not sure if the speaker doesn’t speak English or English well but man the only improvement is I wish the books he made he would read everything else is perfect love it. The speaker is like a very small thing too nothing wrong with current speaker

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The Highest Version of Ourselves

I have loved the art of jiu jitsu for years but perhaps never saw so clearly that it's really the art of living well. In his book, Professor Matakas elegantly articulates so much of what jiu jitsu not only is, but also what it brings to our lives off the mat. This is a beautiful study of life through the lens of our practice and I was not only moved by it, but so much that I am gifting it to close friends for them to enjoy. Thank you, Professor Matakas.

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a look at the philosophical side of jiu-jitsu

A fantastic view of the gentle art. We should all strive to be the highest version of ourselves everyday.

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Great book!

I loved the messages of this book from start to finish. Chris emptied his soul in these pages and the world would be better having read this.

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Helped me understand the true value of Jiu-Jitsu

For those of you looking to press into Jiu-Jitsu beyond the techniques themselves this book is for you. This man perfectly captures the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu.

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very well written and spoken spiritual guide

great book. very insightful for internal jiu jitsu contemplation and focus. I highly recommend it.

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  • Phillip
  • 06-30-20

Brilliant so insightful and true

Loved this book, so Insightful brilliantly narrated by Saethon Williams, going to look for other books by Chris Matakas :)

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  • Mr. J. D. Brown
  • 09-01-19

Superb

This audiobook is brilliantly narrated, perfectly complimenting the content, which is without hyperbole, profound. I got this because of a deep interest in BJJ, but the philosophy and wisdom expressed by the author is applicable to everyone wishing to improve themselves and serve others better. Highly positive and enriching piece of work, a gift.

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  • gerard moerdyk
  • 08-30-20

a must for every Jiujitsu practitioner

You'll look at every roll, and aspect of the mats in a new way. I was sceptical about spending a credit on such a short listen, but it was absolutely worth it. I can see whipping this book out many times over the years, in those plateaus when motivation gets hard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-19

Powerful reading, highly recommended!

Great philosophical analysis of the relationship between Jiu Jitsu and it’s practitioners, presenting a beautiful perspective on how the art transforms and enriched our lives on and off the mats.