Archive for July, 2013

The Lost Guard

July 31, 2013

Don’t forget, no guard gives you more control for least amount of effort than closed guard. Roger Gracie believes in it so much, his open guard is built around recovering closed.

While I’ve spent 1,000s of hours playing butterfly and half guard, I don’t think they are core guard positions in the same way closed guard is, especially for the everyday lifestyle practioner.

The best guy I’ve seen bridge the old-new school gap, seamlessly transitioning between all the above positions is Jean-Jacques Machado:

Classic closed guard action:


Joy and Neurosis

July 29, 2013

As stated in a previous post, we love the idea of equating enjoyment with accelerated learning because it feels good. The truth is you CAN get a lot done and learn effectively while miserable. ;o)

The role of Joy is not being neurotic. What’s the point of getting things done if you’re a nutjob?

lnnate Joy

July 28, 2013

The reason why we don’t love every minute of learning and training is we try too much, too soon instead of embracing the innate joy of one thing at a time.  

Make joy the outcome and let wisdom find you.

Applications, Technique, and Principles

July 26, 2013

Techniques are applications of a principles working together in a context/scenario to achieve an objective.

To really understand principles, you have to study technique and vice versa. You can’t have one without the other.

The Seeds of Creation

July 18, 2013

Seek to understand principles.

Look, listen, and feel for the ideas. Then use them to suit your individual needs. This by definition will be a process unique to you.

Copying some one is not art. Copy, but copy just long enough to understand, then carve as only you can.

The Enjoyment Myth

July 15, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, enjoyment isn’t a critical factor in terms of production. Jackasses can and often do put out impressive bodies of work.

Still, if you don’t love every minute of what you’re doing, those are hours you can’t have back.

Lastly, flip side is you CAN produce and create awesomeness without being an asshat, and as a side note, probably have a subtle and further reach in ways that matter.

The Outcome Myth

July 14, 2013

Something to keep in mind when it comes to goal-setting is ‘outcomes’ are artificial reference points. In other words, they exist in our heads. Yes, goals are a useful mental tool for helping us keep on track via general reference points, but equally, can keep us from flowing and adapting with what’s in front of us in any given moment.

The Magical Detail

July 12, 2013

Something I find a bit humorous is practitioners ‘learning’ a detail overnight that makes a ‘dramatic’ difference in their game.

Dude, if it’s THAT easily learned, by definition it must be easy to counter.

Jiu-Jitsu that isn’t easily countered, let alone re-constructed is assimilated over a long period of time with thought and care.

If you want to get better faster, find more time to practice!

Video: Make Good Art

July 7, 2013

Something I frequently remind others is BJJ is not a Sport, it’s an Art. Or, more precisely, a vehicle for artistry.

With the preceding idea in mind, here is a sweet commencement speech by Neil Gaiman. For those who don’t have 20 minutes, one jewel is:

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write, and draw, and build, and play, and dance, and live as only you can.” =)

Two Sides of Process

July 5, 2013

A friend commented on failure a few posts below.

One way of looking at ‘Failure’ and ‘Success’ is opposite sides of a coin called Process.

The point being is both failure and success blend and inform each other as one unit when we’re of right mind.

It’s all learning and it’s all fun.

How much of an adventure would learning to walk have been if there wasn’t the constant, lingering risk of falling square on our asses?