For the CJJF West Grand Opening on Sept. 2, 2017
Life is about Love and there are many facets that make that so.
Love is the most powerful and important force in all of Creation. Here in Hawaii, we say Aloha ke Akua, God is Love.
It has been whispered:
Commit your work to LOVE and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3
We are here today because of the Love felt by a great many.
We come together as ohana, teammates, friends, and supporters of the Caveirinha Jiu-Jitsu Family. Professor Caverinha, Our Mestre, has dedicated his life to the gentle art, having grown and developed many great professors, practicioners, and competitors in Jiu-Jitsu throughout the world. May his work and his entire family be blessed and may the art as taught through his lineage continue to evolve and flourish.
Professor Jordan, Keiki o ka aina, who has the honor of stewarding all who pass through the doors of this academy. Having one of Hawaii’s own leading the charge in the ever growing second city is surely by design. Bless these students and their Jiu-Jitsu.
Rika and Bryce Davis.
Rika you have the biggest heart and this is evident to any who know you. Thank you for your generosity and being the giving spirit that you are. Bryce, behind the beard, the wild social media posts, the scowl, and at times off the wall comments, Bryce is a teddy bear with a heart of gold himself. These two and their family hold a special place in my own heart and were the first to welcome me when I faced some great adversity in my Life. Without a doubt, I can testify that it is that spirit of Aloha and willingness to help others, that they carry into the growth of this business and in turn will serve the greater community.
And Life is very much about what and how much we give.
Our lives are often filled with so much these days. We communicate in person in More scarcity compared to texts, social media and so on. We are overrun by a billion stimuli competing for our attention. Too much work, too many events, yet the clock on our Lives keeps going.
Tick Tock Tick Tick tick tick
Yet each new day we are given is a gift, as the bank of 86,400 seconds renews itself once more.
Most of all Life is really about people, whether they are one of our five closest, a stranger we share a few kind words with or who shared compassion with us, It’s the time we give to and with people, people who care and want to see us forward, on our own, together, that is what Life is really about.
And that is why Jiu-Jitsu is special.
A few hours a day, however many times a week, those 5-7 minutes of sparring, rounds of the gauntlet, helping our teammates prepare for competition, hearing our coaches as we fight. When one steps foot on the mats, what was outside doesn’t matter and what is to come next has to wait.
Jiu-Jitsu teaches us to be mindful, to be present, to enjoy and Love this Journey because there is so much growth to be experienced. As limited as our days on this Earth are, so is our time On the mats. Whether we collect injuries which is just another part of such an intense Journey, and as our lives change with shifting responsibilities, at some point the realization is this: our time on the mats is not just a few hours or sparring rounds or competitions, our time on the Mats is only so long. So not only is this art special as a whole, each moment on the Jiu-Jitsu Journey is sacred.
For truly If we are present as we flow, we will know the Love that exists deep within each of those moments.
LORD I call on you to bless all who pass foot on these grounds for this art, enter this building, and step on these mats. May everyone be kept safe, healthy and care for one another as iron sharpens iron and we share sacred love that is smashing and getting smashed.
Aloha ke Akua
Mahalo ke Akua