What does jiu jitsu have anything to do with wine? If you are a wine aficionado you've heard that vines must struggle a little bit to bring out the very best in wine. The same can be said of people in that those who have had little in the way of struggle will have a very soft character. You love great wines? They've struggled. You have great friends? They too have had some struggles in life.
The Greek word for struggle is agon. This word means struggle or contest. And it comes as no surprise that the Olympics was started to see just how much man can shine in the face of adversity. Jiu jitsu is a martial art that has gained popularity since it's early 1990s showcase, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For those of you that have wrestled you'll know how grueling this is. Jiu jitsu is like that but with chokes and submissions designed to snap your arms/legs. Practicing this style or others like it (judo, wrestling & sambo) will test your will and your body.
Wines that must endure little watering like in Europe were they practice dry farming. These grape vines must fight downward to find water. When they do they are much less likely to die in a draught with too little water and also in torrents where there is too much. Fighting makes vitis vinifera tougher, more complex and tastier than if they were watered every day.
So will doing jiu jitsu make you tougher? Probably. And even if you get crushed you can always console yourself with a lovely wine that struggled more than you. Just don't try to choke out the bottle. Oh, i'm fighting in 2 weeks at the Grappling Industries (jiu jitsu) event in Minnesota. If you're in for a laugh come and cheer me on! After that i'll be battling 6 bottles, all blind. How 'bout that for struggle. PS check out our Wine of the Week, it's like a choke hold for the soul!