Another week, another blog post! This week, I'd like to write a little about a new passion of mine; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We're really blessed in Ardmore to have a first-rate BJJ school, Sasser Jiu Jitsu and Fitness, which is owned and managed by a top-tier black belt in BJJ.
One of the things I love about BJJ is that it's a pure martial art. What I mean by that is PURE BJJ technique has a unique identity all it's own. When I first started training, I didn't really know what BJJ was all about. I thought it was another martial art, a Karate offshoot, or something like Kung Fu or Tae Kwon Do. What makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu different from other martial arts is that there is no striking. No punches, no kicks, no elbow or knee blows.
What makes BJJ Different
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is unique in that it's focus is on one thing and one thing only; Grappling. The focus of the BJJ practitioner is to make your opponent submit by 'tapping out', and the means by which one forces his opponent to submit is via joint lock or choke hold. Really, pure BJJ more resembles wrestling than it does Karate, but it's wholly different than wrestling.
In wrestling, you rely on explosive power to overwhelm your opponent. While there are some techniques that require speed in BJJ, the experienced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner focuses more on good technique than explosiveness. It's truly an addictive sport, an excellent cardiovascular and resistance workout, and just plain fun.
"Improving" Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Now, you may be wondering, "What good is a martial art if there's no punching or kicking? Wouldn't it make BJJ better if you incorporated some striking? Why not add some punching and/or kicking to BJJ? Wouldn't that make it better?"
I've only been training for about 6 months as of this writing. Something interesting I've noticed since I've been training is that I've NEVER heard anyone who's trained in BJJ any length of time say something like that above. The reason is really simple; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is defined by it's technique. In other words, if you add punches, kicks, or other strikes to BJJ it ceases to be BJJ and becomes something else entirely. If you change BJJ, it's no longer BJJ, and it loses it's identity.
Here's the point of this post. There are those who seek to 'improve' chiropractic by adding stuff to it. Just as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is defined by it's technique, Chiropractic is also one thing and one thing ONLY; the detection and correction of Subluxation by way of an adjustment and NOTHING else. It's not a treatment for disease, a treatment for back pain, or a substitute or alternative to medicine. Chiropractic is simply the removal of nerve interference (Subluxation), allowing the body to function at a higher level.
Even though Chiropractic is so simple and elegant on it's own, through the years there have been poor, confused chiropractors who have endeavored to change Chiropractic by adding things to it. It started with electrotherapy, ultrasound, and other therapies. A little later some chiropractors began to add nutritional supplementation, advising their 'patients' on what to eat and what vitamin pills they needed. There's nothing at all wrong with electrotherapy, ultrasound, vitamins, etc, these things have their place, but they are NOT chiropractic!
Chiropractic's 'Identity Crisis' has led to a new problem. There is now a small minority of chiropractors who want prescription rights. That's right, a profession that has for over 100 years been defined as drugless has a splinter faction who wants to participate in a failed sick-care system! Prescription Painkillers are a leading cause of accidental death in the United States, but in spite of this a few misguided fools within the chiropractic profession want to be a part of the sick-care problem! I don't know why some of my colleagues want to be a part of that, but they do.
Chiropractic Needs NOTHING Added to It!
Like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Chiropractic is a beautiful, intricate, detailed art that needs nothing added to it to make it better. Your body simply works better when the nervous system is free of interference. If you add diathermy, electrotherapy, ultrasound, vitamin pills, or even if a Chiropractor's purpose is to use chiropractic therapeutically, you've fundamentally changed chiropractic into something else. When added to, chiropractic is no longer chiropractic. Instead, it becomes just another therapy, another cog in the machine of America's sick-care system.
Chiropractic doesn't need electrotherapy. Chiropractic doesn't need ultrasound. Chiropractic doesn't need vitamin pills. Chiropractic stands alone as the only science, philosophy, and art that focuses entirely on increasing one's innate potential by removing nerve interference. There is no substitute for Chiropractic, and Chiropractic is no substitute for anything else. Chiropractic isn't medicine, it isn't a 'treatment' for anything! To call it such or use it as such is to change it, and when changed, when added to, Chiropractic loses it's identity.
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