Archive for April, 2013

Over-Thinking and Blogging

April 30, 2013

A friend wanted me to blog about over-thinking.

The idea there is, at the end of the day thoughts are just thoughts.

I probably think as well as do a number of stupid things each day, but am not naive enough to believe the world will be saved by people behind keyboards. ;o)

This, whatever blogging is, is just fun. It’s using words as toys in a playground of thought:


7 Essential Jiu-Jitsu Skills

April 28, 2013

Off top of dome-piece…

1) Takedowns, offense and defense.
2) Survival (posture in context of submission and strike defense).
3) Posture (head underneath hips while in guard, elbows in, athletic mobile stance if standing).
4) Escaping positions of structural inferiority.
5) Controlling and maintaining structurally superior positions.
6) Advancing through positional hierarchy.
7) Attacking in combination based on reactions.

What do you guys think? Missing anything?

Don’t tempt me =)

April 28, 2013

“Jeff, you think way too much and over-analyze everything, how about putting that in your blog?”

~Female friend

Criteria for Learning

April 24, 2013

What’s your criteria for deciding you understand something well enough to move onto something else?

Granted, like anything process-driven, the above will be a moving target, but wanted to throw the question out there.

Evaluating vs. Judging

April 23, 2013

Evaluating frustration last night with a few of my grapples, I noticed it had nothing to do with what was actually happening, and everything to do with what I thought should be happening.

The difference between evaluating and judging is evaluation actually feels good because present moment sensation outweighs some obscure, arbitrary notion having nothing to do with what is.

Measurement and Method

April 22, 2013

If you’ve set a session up right you should be able to measure it’s overall efficiency to some degree (i.e. what can you do now, or do better per time invested?).

Further, a methodology is only as good as its effectiveness in the context of what you’re trying to achieve.

And lastly, if you’re trying to acheive something that isn’t built on sound thinking, method is irrelevant. As stated many times before, this is like trying to hang dry wall before you’ve poured a foundation.

Internal vs. External Validation

April 21, 2013

Man, just to tell you guys, the blog is more dead more view-wise right now than it has been for a couple of years.

That being said the last post on skill development is my favorite contribution so far (probably because it’s the combination of so many ideas culminating via simplicity).

Regardless, you have to find a place internally that nourishes by feeding on itself.

The closest way I can come to describing the above through common reference is childhood summer days that seemed to stretch on forever.

Key Practice Question and Related Questions

April 20, 2013

The key practice question in my opinion is:

What specific Skill do I want to develop?

Conversely, going into a session with no idea how your BJJ will be different as a result is the intellectual equivalent of dropping your drawers on the spot when nature calls.

Next, Why you’re choosing a certain skill (see criteria post below) should provide theory related feedback.

Lastly, How you’re developing a skill informs us of your method.

High return activity

April 19, 2013

“Never mistake activity for achievement.” ~John Wooden

Been thinking more and more about what level of return I get for time invested in research, work-shopping, drilling, and sparring respectively.

That is, taking an honest look at effectiveness through measuring what I wanted to achieve, how I intended to get there, and how close I actually got?

Training philosiphy

April 17, 2013

1) Train.

2) Train smart.

3) Train a lot.

While the above may seem overly simple, what I DON’T want is ideas centered around creating or enhancing image.

Quality work rules.