The Golden Rule

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

The Golden Rule is probably the most well-known of all mental models. It appears in numerous religious and cultural texts and was probably taught to you by your parents.

The Golden Rule is a great mental model because it's very simple to understand and easily applicable to decisions made during everyday life.

It's also applicable to Jiu-Jitsu, particularly in how you interact with your training partners. Be mindful of your partner's training objectives and ensure he/she is aware of yours. In particular:

  • Provide the level of intensity that your training partner is expecting. It's not appropriate to attack with heavy intensity if your partner is only looking for a casual roll.
  • Be clear on the rules of the roll. Ensure you and your partner are fully clear and in agreement about what your roll will entail. What level of intensity? Are there any banned moves?
  • Use only techniques that fall within the rules of the roll. This is especially important against less experienced partners who may not understand when they are in a dangerous position.


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