Trust the Technique

As an Instructor, I find myself often repeating things I have heard my former coaches or others say, while offering advice over the many years that I’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu. The words of wisdom that often stick around are philosophical or principle-based pieces of advice. Things that you have to give more than just a passing thought to truly understand and appreciate. One that I often repeat and most people that have trained Jiu-Jitsu have heard before is: “trust the technique” or “believe in the technique”. I have always taken this to mean that I should follow what I was taught or shown, even if it seems like it will not work, and therefore discard that other thing or strategy I was attempting. This can be quite difficult on the ego, especially if you are already committed to a particular course of action.

The idea is that there is a better way to do things, regardless of if it makes sense to you or not at the time. The thing is, your coach probably has a better understanding or perspective at the time.

In the Christians walk, God’s Word has given us a similar piece of advice with the verses Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths”

This verse has caused many a believer to examine his decisions and focus on the Lord’s plans for his or her life in the particular situation they are facing. We do not have to understand how things will work out but only trust Him who knows all things. After trusting and giving up our need to fully understand, he gets all the credit and thanks.

The added beauty is the believer has another verse that provides assurance in whatever the situation in Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose”

This is proof that no matter how things turn out, it’s a victory. It is for our own good. That’s definitely a principle worth believing in and a God worth trusting. To Him be all the Glory.

  • Written by George Wehby

About George Wehby

George Wehby is first a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a loving husband and father of four beautiful kids. George is a black belt instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the MMA Institute of Winchester, Virginia and brings over 28 years of mixed martial arts experience. In addition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, George in a black belt in Nisei Kito Ryu Jiu Jitsu and a Black Belt in Goju Karate and has instructed and fought mixed martial arts. His certifications include referee with the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Firearms Instructor. With over 8 years serving in federal and local law enforcement, he is a former Federal Air Marshal with the Department of Homeland Security, a former Police Officer with Prince George's County Police Department (Maryland) and a former United States Marine.

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