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    Humility and surfing

    Humility > arrogance. Also being humble means its more impressive when you kick ass.

    Nice story BTW.


      Yeah I'm the same way, except for the fact that I really do suck. I get comments like "You're really improving, you're going to be good, etc" while someone is choking me the fuck out.
      HTFU and join Bullshido on Fitocracy!


        Depends on the situation,sometimes its more profitable to portray yourself as a beginner/unexperienced,sometimes its better to bluff a bit.
        That goes for life in general.
        Also Liffguard,did you check out that certain school already?


          Also Liffguard,did you check out that certain school already?
          I'm in a different part of the country at the moment. I won't get a chance to review it properly until September.


            I bow before your superior humility. I will redouble my efforts,

            Also, where do you surf? I try to get to the east coast of Florida around Jax when it's good enough.


              But seriously, I think humility comes with experience if not sooner. In sports at least, even when you win you know that it is often by the slimmist of margins and that it could have gone the other way.


                Good post.

                Humility is an interesting thing. One the one hand people can be deprecating for "show" meanwhile thinking that they are great at any given endeavor (MA, Origami, whatever), and some people bluster, and try to say they are better than they actually are.

                Like Socrates said "the only thing I know is that I know nothing". I don't go around saying that I am T3H D3ADlY. If someone asks me how good I am, I try to be as honest as I can.

                So how do you all perceive Humility - is it about being dishonest, and saying that you aren't as good as you actually think you are? Or is it simply not overestimating yourself?

                Humility is definitely a desirable trait, but what is it that makes it so worthy an attribute?

                Confidence is closely related to humility in my opinion. Overconfidence is possibly the best indicator that someone lacks humility, but lack of confidence is not humility. Confidence without arrogance is what I think of when I hear about humility. That, and knowing that if you excel in one particular area, it doesn't put you above the rest of the world in other respects. I hate it when some of the competitive fighters I've come across treat people like crap and don't care, because they know they could kick their asses.

                I admire anyone who has the perception and integrity to be completely honest with themselves, and from what I've seen, those people tend to make the most consistent progress. Arrogance seems to come later.


                  Fake humility is just another form of arrogance.

                  Great Socrates quote. There is another quote from a muay chiaya master where he says he has been practicing for 50 years and he still has a lot to learn. I'll try to find the exact quote and post it.


                    Cheers for the input guys.

                    Wldunk, I'm a windsurfer, not a surfer. I know that that's a little like admitting to an Israeli that you're a Palestinian militant but what the hell. There's room on the water for all (and when there isn't, my sail makes me go faster ;-)


                      i've actually heard alot about the ties between surfer culture and bjj player culture, especially coming out of brazil. anyone have any comments about this?


                        Um, the same uniform?


                          While it is possible for people to sound more arrogant when they are being obviously falsely humble, I think that in most cases, humility wins.

                          Most truly humble people don't say "I suck" if they don't. They're more likely to say "Yeah, I'm ok but there are loads of people better than me".

                          People like me who openly admit they suck at Judo/BJJ/Whatever are often just giving an honest appraisal of their abilities. I think that MA is possibly the worst thing you can be arrogant about due to the fact that there's always someone happy to kick 7 shades of shit out of you.


                            Happy to see a another windsurfer round here. What set up you use? Where you surf?

                            On the subject when asked on my skills in areas where Im good I normally respond with "I'm alright". This seems to portray both humility but also confidence.


                              as a grappler and a surfer, this gave me something to think about.... good because I'm at work, and don't really feel like actually working
                              Originally posted by Phrost
                              Yeah, you're probably right.

                              But still, something about having a black guy or a lesbian jump out from behind a garbage can yelling "SURPRISE GONG SAU" at any of your big-named RBSD kooks makes me giggle like a little girl.
                              Originally posted by Phrost
                              There are two kinds of members on MAP:

                              1. LARPers/Partial Artists
                              2. People who haven't heard about Bullshido.
                              The Mighty McClaw to Fox when refusing to fight AnnaT.

                              Originally posted by TheMightyMcClaw
                              Don't fight girls? When are you living, the 1850's? I suppose you think they shouldn't work or vote either.
                              Get with the times and punch a chick.
                              Wingchundo's response after I called him a "pussy"

                              Originally posted by wingchundo
                              Hey, I resemble that remark!

                              Ok, time for a snappy comeback.... uh...

                              OK. Here goes.

                              You are what you eat!



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