Archive for April, 2010

5 qualities of great study part #2: Desire

April 24, 2010

Probably the most negative imagine I can conjure up of desire is the macho football coach in a young athletes face, red-faced with veins bulging out of his neck screaming the famous immortal words: 




I think it can safely be said that such behavior points toward a desire for attention, not educating athletes about the nature of desire.

My favorite way of approaching desire is illustrating the difference between ‘like to’ and ‘want to.’

To me if you ‘want to’ do something you are most likely in the process of already doing it.  My favorite example is how much thought one would give to picking up a $100 bill on the ground.  No will-power, macho, or even rational thought process needed.  In fact there is very little thought at all, just action. 

‘Like to’ on the other hand indicates a semi-active, or uncommitted state.  Totally fine. =)

Going back to ‘want to,’ people can say anything in terms of their desire, but action, or lack of it, tells me everything.

I don’t fault people for a lack of congruence here because it’s easy to misunderstand that talking about doing something doesn’t give you motivation to do it.  And probably has the oppositie effect!

Intellect is dangerous here, as we can get creative inventing all sorts of reasons why we didn’t follow through on something we said we were committed to.  The reason,  in the context of this post, is it didn’t get done because it didn’t get done. ;o)


Dave Schultz (June 6, 1959-January 26, 1996)



5 qualities of great study part #3: Play

April 8, 2010

Play is obviously a huge factor in learning.  Kids have a ball imitating and modeling, probably because they don’t care about how they look, or what learning a skill means about them as a person. Rather, they let their natural desire and curiosity guide them.

I believe play is who we are, not something one strives far.  In fact it’s the process of ‘striving’ that actually gets in the way of having fun and enjoying the moment.  Goals from this perspective are inspired games created to challenge your capabilities.

You know your in a great learning state when mistakes are just as fun and informative as finally ‘getting’ something.  To the creative mind, it’s all the same movement.


Yoga and joint mobility exploration

April 6, 2010

I’ve been taking some time off from BJJ training lately to explore joint mobility, yoga, and other kinesthetic awareness resources. 

Just to let everyone know, I’ll probably continue to do so throughout spring, and possibly into summer.

I’ve neglected prioritizing the wellness of my body for some time now.  This was partially out of ignorance, and partially out of laziness. =)

Anyway, I’ll still be blogging,  grappling intermittently, and be available for privates depending on one’s needs…



“The body never lies.” ~Martha Graham

One of my favorite teaching movie moments + Wooden quote

April 3, 2010



“Profound responsibilities come with teaching and coaching.  You can do so much good – or harm.  It’s why I believe that next to parenting, teaching and coaching are the two most important professions in the world.” ~John Wooden

5 qualities of great study part #1: Self-Responsibilty

April 1, 2010

I’ll probably continually reference Greg Strobel, as his coaching in the NCAA wrestling documentary ‘Veritas’ was refreshing:

He expands on his coaching philosophy in his DVD ‘Practice to Peak’:

Basically what he teaches is the athlete is responsible for him/herself. 

Strobel points out that his job is to help prepare the athlete, but it isn’t him that goes out there and competes.  So the athlete has an investment in what happens in competiton.  

While this seems like common sense, what you don’t ever see is Strobel yelling, screaming, or doing things commonly associated with ‘firing up’ his team.  If anything he believes it should be the other way around where he is telling his athletes to slow down.

When he communicates with his athletes, he treats them like a group of intelligent adults gathered together to achieve specific objectives, while enjoying the process.  A pleasure to watch. =)

Greg Strobel biography: