Archive for February, 2013

Being a man on a moon

February 28, 2013

You’re a man on a moon whether you realize it or not. Yes, you are going to have your coach and various influences, but you have to be willing to be alone.

The reward behind taking the plunge is entry to a place that has no bottom. This is the difference between my coaches Jiu-Jitsu and everyone else I know.

You can actually hear this in a person’s speech, and see it in writing.

Call it an echo of endless beginning.


More on the ultimate form of stoked-hood

February 28, 2013

My advice when considering tackling difficult situations:

Do it if you can stay stoked.

Also, the highest form of stoked-hood is an awareness that slices through space and time into the heart of things.

Such awareness is born of innocence, not intellect. You can’t think you’re way into it, find it in a book, and you definitely cannot pay for it.

Understand what you are and be stoked…

Flexing muscles vs. having fun

February 28, 2013

‘Fun’ has a certain feel and aura about it. It’s light. It’s easy.

Locally, a lot of people preach having fun, but often these same people are the first ones to flex their muscles at the first sign of a person leaving to do something for themselves.

Dude, the above isn’t fun. It’s not compelling, and definitely not endearing.

I’ve been in the PDX scene long enough, seen enough, and am probably well-spoken enough to use this blog and internet forums to do a fair bit of damage to people and their careers.

Why would I do this though? In most cases it would be as tired as the very behavior I’m critical of.

I know people in PDX try, they just need to lighten up a bit. The world will be fine, not to mention better for you in the long run if you relinquish, or better yet, give up the whole idea of control.

Be cool with the idea that you’ll die one day, and probably be forgotten by some people.

Life is sweet right now, enjoy it and be young with me:

Searching for the perfect wave

February 27, 2013

One of the curses of experience is you can do things poorly and still get away with it because of a general knowledge advantage.

The quest for pure technique is giving up on a guard pass that is 90% complete instead of forcing through the last 10%, expending excess energy in the process.

It’s not whether you win or lose individual battles, but how clean can you make your BJJ?

A ‘successful’ BJJ blog post

February 26, 2013

A ‘successful’ BJJ blog post first and foremost should get you feeling like you want to now train instead of continuing to read a blog post. ;o)

Second, it should be educational in terms of defining and articulating effective BJJ.

This is where a lot of BJJ marketing irritates me. I don’t want to hear or read a bunch of testimonials explaining how great you are. If you want to give yourself credit do it your own time.

Show me, that’s all you need to do.

Discussion: drawbacks of a pressure game

February 26, 2013

To me a technical pressure game isn’t about advancing so much as sucking both the energy and heart out of your opponent by first taking away options.

Next, I used to think a pressure game was about weight, and it is to a degree, but it’s weight that moves. There IS space to move, but such movement is accounted for, resulting in you now carrying even more weight!

My question to you guys is what are the drawbacks to this approach?

Built-in drawbacks and limitations

February 26, 2013

As a lifestyle practitioner who doesn’t compete, nor care about manufactured rules, there isn’t reason to restrict and specialize my thinking, as BJJ for me is the mountain itself, not a charted route people race up.

So, going back to the style post below, some amount of style is going to happen from natural gravitation.

Still, I try to be aware of this gravitation, looking for limits and drawbacks of ideas and positions I hover towards.

And, there’s always a drawback, as no one solution solves everything. Such is the problem with sorting for simple answers without being willing to do work preceding understanding.

So on the surface, ‘no approach’ sounds really cool and hip, but the reality is it takes a hell of a lot of mindfulness, study, and overall attention to process.

The ‘style’ of a lifestyle practioner

February 25, 2013

I try to learn everything that seems useful, interesting, and fun.

I’m not trying to develop a game or style from the outside in and don’t care to.

I’m not worried about having too little or too much on my plate because I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

The BJJ bumb

February 25, 2013

“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.” ~Jeff Spicoli

Told a well-known local competitor yesterday while waiting for round bell that I don’t really do rounds, so we touched hands and rolled…

…in this spirit of the surf bumb/lifestyle approach…

School I train at: Mat space

Affiliation: The person I’m training with.

Training equipment: Mind and Gi.

Goals: Having a wonderful time with friends. Deepening my understanding of Jiu-Jitsu.

People who don’t train with me might think this is over-simplified, but man, the more you have on your mind the harder things are.

My coach, who has a more Dog Town and Z-boy approach sums things up this way:

“You don’t have to try so hard to look so stupid.”

Shut up, smile, and session. =)


The simplicity of positivity

February 24, 2013

It all starts with being stoked on Jiu-Jitsu.

I don’t care how skilled you are or what your track record is, in the context of positivity it doesn’t mean jack if you aren’t stoked.

If your a dork, you’re teaching people how to be a dork with a skill-set.

Give all your love, fall flat on your face, be honest about it, and give some more.