Archive for August, 2013

See You On The Mat

August 29, 2013

batman r.i.p.


Pretty Dialed

August 27, 2013

…not sure how much I’ll be posting for a while, as I’m pretty dialed into getting better.

Will have some fun ideas to share I’m sure when I get some downtime in, and will try to write about the best ones even though they are sometimes the toughest to share. Who knows…lol

The Third Eye

August 24, 2013

Just spent over an hour wrestling with a buddy and feel naked not having recorded it for study.

The idea behind film is how things look are usually going to be a little different from how they feel (reminded of a college experience where I was spittin made game at this girl for 10 minutes or so until she informed me she couldn’t understand I was saying).

Take advantage of anything that can enhance your ability as a scientist.

Brain On Fire Right Now

August 21, 2013

It’s funny that when the brain is on Jiu-Jitsu fire this blog is absolutely dead in terms of views. Not that I care, as part of me would like to keep these ideas to myself!

At this point just trying to hang on for the ride as fresh routes come hither. Later dudes!:

Reps: Technical vs. Live

August 21, 2013

The goal of a technical rep is to go as slow as possible with the intention of getting every detail solid, piece by piece. This process can obviously take time, as we’re teaching ourselves correct body mechanics from the inside out.

Live reps are done at sparring speed AFTER you’ve spent time researching efficient technique and have the body mechanics down via technique oriented reps above.

I probably wouldn’t assign any number or time oriented figures to technical training. If anything you want to get as few reps in as possible.

Once you feel you have a decent understanding though, it makes sense to challenge yourself with time and numbers provided good form is maintained throughout the movement.

No Bad Positions

August 21, 2013

I think the reason why people’s BJJ flow is often not what it could be comes from spending 80% of our time sparring holding or passing guard.

How are you going to develop any type of flow if you don’t spend ample time in every position?

How often do you see a BJJ practitioner, especially if it’s one of the better people in the gym intentionally spend a whole sparring session on mount bottom?

The above goes along with my theory that the reason why Roger Gracie cross-choked the crap out everyone from mount is no one was investing any time on the receiving end.

It follows that if you have a lot of knowledge on how to deal with such scenarios, ‘bad’ positions are actually quite fun to explore, defend, and yes, tap out from.

Video: Jiu-Jitsu In It’s Natural State

August 20, 2013

While BJJ associations can meet and fulfill some organizational needs for some practitioners some of the time, the natural state of BJJ will always be the free-flowing exchange of ideas on any mat, any given day. Such interaction is a natural symptom of enjoying the art.

(Side thought just now is I’m way more likely to share a coveted detail with some one I like from another gym than a douche from what could be considered my home gym).

Stepping Foward

August 19, 2013

Moving foward in terms of work quality requires realizing the five course Thanksgiving spread you’ve been devouring like a man is in fact baby food.

broken bat

What goes into an intelligent rep?

August 19, 2013

I’ll add to this as I go, but off the top of the head is your mental approach.

That is, being mindful and relaxed as possible. Enjoying moving for the sake of moving.

I also think it’s important in the beginning stages of taking anything new on to be extremely kind to yourself and not expect too much too soon. Everything has an ugly stage that goes away in its own time, varying depending on what we’re learning.

Learning Everything vs. Learning Jiu-Jitsu

August 16, 2013

About the same time last year I divided time between two BJJ projects respectively.

If there’s been an evolution, it’s that I’m now focusing on one topic.

Mindset-wise it’s the difference of learning as much Jiu-Jitsu as I can and learning Jiu-Jitsu. In other words, it’s not how much you know, but how deep you know it.