The big picture has already been taken, the problem is most refuse to see it. Most everyone instead chooses to look at their own little snapshots that support their own views. Most are afraid for even 1 second to step into someone else’s shoes and maybe open their minds and see the issues through the eyes of another, open their minds to absorb the data and let it process unfettered and possibly accept the facts and god forbid change their minds on a subject based of the info received. You see most seem to feel that changing their opinion is some kind of weakness or flip flop as opposed to the strength of having an open mind and ability to learn and grow.
Most listen to respond and refuse to listen to hear and understand those who’s views differ, and if you cant take the time to process the information you cant understand or intelligently respond. It comes to a point where 2 people are just talking at each other and eventually ends right where it began.
As an older, not old (53) jiu jitsu practitioner/instructor I can easily admit that my physical abilities are weening. After a lifetime of physical abuse to my body by way of sports and martial arts training resulting is several surgeries my body just doesn’t do everything I ask of it with the same efficiency it once did. I’ll continue to roll as often as I can but, my focus has shifted.
On the other hand my knowledge continues to accumulate and my ability to pass that knowledge as a coach/instructor continues to expand daily and at this point in my life my main goal is to the best possible instructor I can be.
The best coaches are not always the best competitors and the best competitors do not always make great coaches.
I feel that as a coach/instructor I have far more to contribute to the growth of our martial art/sport then I could ever contribute as a competitor and at this point in my life I feel good about this.