Updated: Oct 14
I felt an explanation of our logo was necessary.
Traditionally, Jiu Jitsu schools use an apex predator to symbolize their strength in the dominance hierarchy, a perfect representation of Jiu Jitsu’s superiority relative to the effectiveness of other martial arts.
As apt as this symbolism may be, I didn’t feel it best served our purposes.
I believe we have a personal obligation to those around us to become the best possible version of ourselves, and then to use that self in the service of others. And Jiu Jitsu seems to be the perfect vehicle with which to mold ourselves and find fellowship in a collective, thus my commitment to this art for the rest of my life.
I have always found peace in nature. A walk in the woods resets my mind and soul in a way man-made experiences never could. Most of us feel pulled to the natural world and such symbols of nature tend to have a calming, returning-home-like effect on us.
Leaves are the tree’s method of transforming solar energy into growth, and as Jiu Jitsu is the vehicle for personal development which creates our constant evolution, the symbol of a leaf serves as a perfect metaphor.
Our logo is a circle comprised of three leaves of three distinct colors. The leaves represent body, mind, and spirit– the three facets of our being which Jiu Jitsu trains.
The darkest leaf, the body, is the vessel with which we practice this art; the bottom leaf, a lighter shade as we begin to enter the immaterial, is the mind, as Jiu Jitsu deeply strengthens our problem solving ability; the lightest-colored leaf ascending vertically is the Spirit; regardless of one’s religious or philosophical affiliations, this is the finer aspects of our being, and most meaningful, which Jiu Jitsu trains by the heavy physical and cognitive demand of the body and mind.
The circle represents the cyclical nature of our experiences and our never ending journey through the wheel of being and becoming.
In short, we chose a logo which represents the growth Jiu Jitsu provides.
One last thought:
As seasons change, and the leaves no longer serve the tree, it will shed those leaves as it seeks a more efficient mode of being. We at Matakas Jiu Jitsu believe that we should only undertake an endeavor if it serves us, and when it no longer does, we must move on to a more fulfilling pursuit.
Jiu Jitsu practitioners, like the leaves, may move on when the seasons of their lives change. We each only have a finite amount of energy and attention to bring to the various aspects of our lives. We understand this and have realistic expectations for our students and their relationship to Jiu Jitsu.
But we must never forget one fundamental truth: the leaves always come back next spring.
And, in fact, so do most practitioners. Once we are aware of the benefits, many of us can’t stay away from Jiu Jitsu for long.
We all stand to gain immeasurably from our practice of this art. Whether as kids learning the skills to put for effort and attention in school, or as adults learning to defend themselves while getting a great workout, all our students benefit from the sincere practice of Jiu Jitsu.
It is with great excitement that we look forward to bringing our brand of Jiu Jitsu, as a tool for personal development, to the Florence/Burlington area.
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