Stress Relieving Martial Artist Quotes from Judo to Jiu Jitsu (Ann Arbor, MI)

Yin Yang

Are you stressed out right now? Here are some quotes from martial artists that focus on combatting issues:


Are you currently in a difficult situation? This jiu-jitsu master has some advice...

Where there's discomfort there's fear. In these very tough positions, you're in a little piece of hell. And through this daily suffering, you learn to survive in these situations. You have to find comfort in uncomfortable situations. You have to be able to live your worst nightmare. This trains the mind to build that focus, to increase your awareness, your capacity to solve problems. Sometimes, you don't have to win. You cannot win. But that has nothing to do with losing.

- Rickson Gracie


All smiles.

Don't feel accepted? This martial artist has gone from bullied teenager to rockstar!

When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me 'Miss Man.' It wasn't until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I'm fabulous.

Do you have difficulties forgiving yourself? Here's another great jiu-jitsu quote:

Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

- Carlos Gracie Sr.


Karate makes us happy! :)

Feeling overwhelmed?

We all have inner demons to fight. We call these demons ‘fear’, and ‘hatred’, and ‘anger’. If you don’t conquer them, then a life of a hundred years… is a tragedy. If you do, a life of a single day can be a triumph.
– Yip Man

If none of those quotes were helpful, this scene from Jackie Chan's train scene just might put a smile on your face.

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