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.

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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.

Cleanest Feedback

August 12, 2013

While I film most lessons with my coach, I don’t watch a lot of footage of myself sparring. Still, in reference to the post below, ‘game film’ of this nature is probably one of the cleanest sources across the board for transcending yesterday.

I myself get around film by doing a fair bit of research, getting the best results by sticking to one or two positions/topics over a long period of time.

In conclusion, the particular methodologies of killing ourselves will naturally vary individually (this is ART after all), and change as we grow, but try to leave room for experimenting with something that’s been proven to consistently work for others.

Killing Yourself

August 11, 2013

One of the hardest things as a student seeking skill-set mastery is accurate evaluating. That is, how things actually are versus how we would like them to be.

Accomplishing the above requires continuous engagement and committment to outcome, that, in the context of mastery you’re never going to achieve.

Action from this space is relatively easy to observe because it requires ongoing streams of information and ideas in various developmental stages.

Assume you don’t know jack, then look for where it’s true.

The Lifestyle Practitioner

August 10, 2013

Going back to the post below, what irritates me about the whole image thing is creates a whole set of circumstances having nothing to do with nurturing a deeper understanding of Jiu-Jitsu.

If I’m astute, watching and/or feeling you in a roll should tell me everything I need to know (I don’t care where you train, who gave your last stripe, or whether you have a Helio pic on your wall).

An extension of this ideas is the lifestyle practitioner. I’ll develop this idea as I go, but the lifestyle practitioner trains against the highest level of BJJ he or she can imagine. Every training session, competition or otherwise is used as a tool to facilitate this path through relevant information gathering.

The Lost Skillset

August 9, 2013

Survival is probably the most neglected, while arguably the most important BJJ skillset. Passing some ones guard and holding them down for artificial amount of time is *lol* by comparison.

If some one passes your guard, defend and tell ’em “I’m Chillin!!”

Image and Progression

August 8, 2013

“Myths are a waste of time. They prevent progression.” ~Barbra Streisand

The more you try to create, maintain, and filter things through an image, the harder it is to get things done.

In other words I don’t give a sh*t about how long I’ve been training nor the black belt.

What do I want to learn today and how is it relevant to current progression?

Yesterday was yesterday. Begin again.

Quality of Thinking

August 6, 2013

The quality of our thoughts is a function of how much we have on our mind at any given time.

Concentrate on one thing at a time.

‘Multi-tasking’ is doing more than one thing crappy.

If I’m in a rush, some delusion is likely being nurtured, because why would I take anything but a slow and mindful approach?