How to Be an Empty Cup: Letting Go of Ego and Other Lessons From Jiu-Jitsu

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

The other day, after jiu-jitsu class, one of the instructors sat us down in a circle for a post-class discussion. It was a hot, humid day in Los Angeles, and there wasn’t a dry gi, the term for the standard jiu-jitsu uniform, in the room.

“I know you’re all eager to learn,” he says. “You want to get better, faster.”




A fast-growing health and fitness community dedicated to sharing knowledge, lessons, and suggestions to living happier, healthier lives.

Recommended from Medium

How To Improve Your Swimming By Using These 4 Tips – World Class Swimming Basics

Is Running With A Mask Safe? Yes, If You Do These Two Things

Staying a Healthy Woman in the Modern Society — 5 Easy Tips to Help You Out

Isolation Exercises: What They Are and 4 Reasons to Use Them

Morning Exercises Proven to Reduce Stress

The Best Workout Apps for Crushing Your Fitness Goals

Choose Peace. Your Body Will Thank You

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Krista Stryker

Krista Stryker

Performance coach, writer, and athlete. I write about how you can experience personal transformation through movement and exercise.

More from Medium

3 Ways to Build Better Core Strength Now

A woman, face down, lifting her arms, head, and chest off the floor to help train her mid and lower back muscles.

Having High Expectations of People Will Mess with Your Head

woman standing on a rock in natue with her arms and hands raised, and happy with herself

How To PushUp Your Way To Health

Three women perform push-ups on a park bench

Building a Four-Legged Health Chair