Possibly one of the most unique things about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu among the martial arts is the way that information can be exchanged.
Unlike some traditional martial arts, there is no premium on knowledge; anyone, with enough time, dedication and practice, can develop understanding about a set of techniques or broaden their skill set.
The exchange of information in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is far more organic than in more traditionally structured martial arts. A practitioner can learn lessons from anyone. With the right mindset, anyone can come across the information they require to improve on the mats.
Most commonly, it is the role of the instructor to pass on information and knowledge. In most cases, this is where a lot of learning occurs. The instructor will pass on information to the student, who will interpret it in a certain way and act on it accordingly. However, another part of this exchange is between students. As students execute techniques on each other, they are organically exchanging information and learning more about one another’s strategies, go-to techniques and more.
Students can sit and discuss any number of techniques or approaches to BJJ and glean information from a training partner in the right mindset. I think the fact that we can learn from each other in such a natural, organic way makes Brazilian Jiu-jitsu one of the most consuming martial arts to learn. Every conversation, every roll, every drilling session with a partner becomes a learning opportunity.
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“Damn, I’m so tired.” “I’m really not feeling it today.” “This just isn’t my day.”
We’ve all heard statements like these before, and most likely thought or said them ourselves at some point. Everyone has those kind of days where nothing is going right, where we’re too stressed or drained to feel up to the challenge of training.
The days when you don’t feel like training are the most important days to train.
I really like the quote; “If you wait for the perfect day to start, you’ll be waiting forever.” Perfect days are few and far between. Unfortunately, most days there is something that we inadvertently allow to impact us negatively; our mindset, no matter how strong, can sometimes slip and allow one or two of those negative niggles in.
How do we recover after a bad day? Do something constructive. If you’re an athlete, go train. If you’re an artist, create something. The days when you feel like shit are the most important ones to inject productivity into, doing something constructive will create a positive outcome within the day.
Some of my best training sessions have been after ‘bad days’ or days where I was so drained that I didn’t feel like training. I force myself to go, regardless of how I feel. If it’s a day that I normally train (and I’m not physically injured), I’ll get myself to training knowing that it will make the day better than if I don’t.
Progress doesn’t only happen on the ‘good days’, every day is an opportunity to improve.
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I think we sometimes forget how easy it is to take a picture for social media, throw a filter on it and write something motivational.
What’s not as easy is training hard; day in and day out, pushing your body through pain & injury, fighting for every little bit of progress, sweating & bleeding and pushing back against that voice that keeps telling you that it’s alright being “just ok”
Train hard and don’t stop.
We all have a narrative in our mind that tells us what kind of person we are, what we are capable of achieving and how good we are. No one tells us, but this is the only thing we truly have control over. The way you think about yourself and the kind of person you tell yourself you are is the most important narrative to control.
If you allow negativity and destructive thoughts to dominate your perception of yourself, you will fulfill those thoughts. If you consciously fill your mind with a positive narrative, constructive thoughts and a perception of yourself that empowers you, you will fulfill those thoughts.
Controlling you internal narrative is more important than anything else you can do for helping to make positive change in your life. Make conscious strides every day to improve one thing about the way you perceive about yourself. Learn to control your internal narrative, or it will control you.
For anyone who has competed in more than one tournament format, we have to understand and learn how to deal with different rule sets. Some tournament formats are more liberal in their rule sets, allowing a variety of approaches to reach victory, whilst others are more restrictive. From the perspective of a competitor, it is crucial that one learns how to deal with restrictive rule sets. This article will provide you with some advice and tips for dealing with a restrictive rule set.
For anyone who has done a sport with any level of partner assisted drilling or contact, the sensation of someone moving without control will be at some level familiar. Grappling is no different; it becomes very easy to identify the difference between someone who is moving without control or without thought and someone who is moving with intention.
I’d like to explore this topic in a bit more depth, discussing learning to move with intention, why intention is so important and the place of intentional movement in our broader lives.
The path to mastery is truly one of the lonliest to walk; it demands from you more than most are prepared to ever sacrifice. You will have to labor long and you will have to labor alone, but in the end what you reap will be more than anyone else can measure.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
It’s a popular quote, it’s also profoundly true. We are limited by the things that we fear; the fear of failure, rejection, the unknown… even the fear of knowing what we are truly capable of.
I would like to take a little bit of time to explore the importance of not only facing your fears, but the rewards that you will find by overcoming them. Continue reading
Why did you start training? Everyone has their reasons, but sometimes we forget. When we are conscious about the ‘why’, it is far easier for us to stay focused and motivated to reach that goal than if we lose track. I want to explore how refocusing yourself on the ‘why’ can re-inject motivation and direction into your training. Continue reading
Leg Locks: talked about by most, employed by some and feared (unnecessarily) by many. Leg Locks are definitely the current ‘flavor of the week’ in submission grappling, but why? Leg Locks have been employed for longer than their current climb in popularity, yet there is still some stigma around their use, with many techniques being deemed illegal for competition or even considered ‘too dangerous’ for the training room.
I’d like to explore this topic a little bit for the benefit of you as the reader and hopefully to reflect some different ways of thinking about Leg Locks within Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.