Archive for October, 2012

The path of nasty

October 31, 2012

Does is matter if a colored belt continually taps out black belts and shreds other colored belts?

What this could mean is a student developing an extremely specialized game that isn’t well-rounded. 

This works, as long as you aren’t training with gnarly black belts, in which case you’ll have to re-build from the ground up. 

Strive to be the best black belt you can be at all belt levels.  You can’t fake nasty basics.




October 29, 2012

A small ‘invisible’ detail I picked up from the Xande DVD series is doing a slight shrimp from half-guard and cross-side bottom preceding escape attempts.

The idea is to never be completely flat.  While this is a very subtle movement, there is a huge difference between 100% flat and 85-95% flat.

To illustrate, take a look at Kron Gracie’s hip positioning despite Marcelo Garcia’s tight upper body control and usually dominant half-guard passing game @ 11:21-12:30:



Hate giving stuff like this away, as it’s a $100 detail that everyone overlooks in favor of flash, but it’s Monday and feel like being generous. 

Shred people with this idea and if you feel like teasing, tell them you’re doing something pimped from bat blog only found through web search and word of mouth. 

Direction and progression

October 28, 2012

The reason for establishing a high-quality mindset discussed in the previous post is opening yourself to possibilities that may or may not exist if  comparing oneself to say the top people in your gym.

While for example I think my coach comes up with amazing things, the best he’s ever given me is a new beginning.

The question isn’t where he’s at, but where can we go from here?

Strive for something you can’t imagine today.

What’s your definition of good?

October 26, 2012

Talking to a brown belt who started training in 2005 or so, I stated noticing a lot of new-school  BJJers wanting a game handed to them by their instructor. 

He replied he felt this was true, but people get really ‘good’ fast this way.

Dude, what is your definition of good?

I don’t care how well you do in a local tournament, if you can’t reason based on an overall understanding of a framework you aren’t good?

A black belt, let alone solid purple doesn’t necessarily mean ‘good’ either.

For the sake of the post ‘good’ for me means ability to reason within a framework well enough not only to survive, but thrive in the world of black belt Jiu-Jitsu.

It should be noted also that thriving by definition is continual, so ‘good’ is the starting point.

Error on the side of an extreme quality oriented mindset.


Preparation and the zone

October 25, 2012

The ‘zone’ enhances what’s already there, but can’t make up for a lack of practice. 

Hours are hours.

On a related note, probably the best advice I’ve heard for inviting ‘zone’ experiences is gratitude for clarity and grace when foggy.

Speaking of clarity, I grew up listening to this guy on the radio while cruising with Daddy:




October 24, 2012

One of the more compassionate things I’ve read lately is a ‘victim’ mentality isn’t a conscious choice.

Also, although I like the idea of choice for reasons I’ll state further on, I’ve come to embrace the idea of scripting and free will happening at the same time. 

Sometimes certian things choose you and you gotta buck up or get out the kitchen.

Lastly, where I think the idea of choice is beneficial is understanding your role in a situation.  While I disagree with a lot of formerly close martial art associates philisophically, I’m still charitable towards most of them, as I made choices to be there and contribute what I did, as well as choosing isolation a number of years. 

No harm, no foul.


Practice questions from sport

October 23, 2012

How are you drilling?  What are you drilling and why?  Why ‘X’ over ‘Y’?  What’s the overall progression, and how does ‘X’ fit into this progression?  What role does scrimmage (sparring) play?  How do you know if practice was a success?

Keep in mind these are logistical questions.  Mindsets are a whole other topic.

Something that hurts BJJers is that since it’s lifestyle instead of a seasonal endeavor, there isn’t the same progressive thinking. 

Hence, I have a hard time explaining to adults that it’s cool to come across as lazy and unprepared in the BJJ world.

In the context of production this isn’t cool, it’s creepy.  It’s like a kid leaving brand-new toys out in the rain because he doesn’t care enough about himself to take care of them.


Being a man

October 20, 2012

Being a man is understanding what’s in your control and what isn’t.

Let people be who they are and allow the day room to express itself.

Looking to the external world for validation is putting ketchup in the gas tank.



October 19, 2012

How can you learn more, and create more learning opportunities?

Batman for me symbolizes out-thinking myself.


Leveraging sport

October 18, 2012

Winning within a rule-set (sport) hurts one’s study of BJJ if they don’t understand it’s first and foremost a survival based art.  In this respect BJJ is almost the opposite of sport. 

Still, the key is leveraging sport as much as possible, stealing all the production oriented mindsets and drilling ideas you can.