Two of the most important things I have learnt in the fields of education and Philosophy are Objectivity and Relativity.
Recently I’ve come to see just how broadly these two ways of thinking apply beyond just these two fields; particularly in my BJJ practice.
*For the sake of this exploration, I would like to work with the following definitions of Objectivity & Relativity.
1. Objectivity refers to concrete or set axioms (statements) of truth that do not shift regardless of which perspective they are examined from.
2. Relativity refers to statements which, depending on the perspective they are approached from, will have a subjective value; being either true or false depending on the conditions of the situation or person.
Continue reading “Objectivity versus Relativity: An exploration of perspective and reflection”
If you have a look at the top level competitors and practitioners in any sport, you begin to notice that they have a style that is distinctly their own.
It is extremely uncommon for us to be able to draw analogies between the greats of any sporting field, especially martial arts. We see this distinctly within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu too; any of the highest level competitors are very distinct in their strategies, style and technique.
Originality (and your ability to be original) plays a major factor in your improvement. Here are two ways originality can impact on your Jiu Jitsu. Continue reading “Be Original: Two ways originality can change your Jiu Jitsu.”
One of the best feelings in training must certainly be when that one challenging technique you’ve been trying to pull off finally works. For weeks or maybe even months you’ve been trying to put the pieces of a sequence together; finally the stars align and you pull it off, only for it to become a main stay in your arsenal of techniques.
Jiu-jitsu is an art of innovation. Testing new techniques out and adding them to your game is one of the most fun parts of the martial art. Jiu-jitsu teaches us to Innovate.
How do we innovate in our training? The answer is two fold and surprisingly simple: The Consistency and Rigor of our testing leads to innovation.
These are the 2 things you need to know to become a more innovative grappler… Continue reading “Innovation & Pushing your limits.”
I’ve already discussed the value of leg locks in modern Jiu-Jitsu; why would you ignore them? I’d like to take a little more time to talk strategy and where they fit into the conversation (in my humble opinion).
*Warning* This article will encourage you to learn and reflect on your practice. Continue reading “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Leg Lock”
Brian “T-City” Ortega; slick boxing, slick Jiu-jitsu. His skills have moved him closer and closer to the top of the featherweight division, with his most recent win putting him in line for a title shot against Max Holloway.
As a fan of any jiu-jitsu practitioner in MMA, I wanted to take a closer look at what it is that has brought Ortega this far.
Continue reading “Brian Ortega: a double-edged sword.”
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.
Behind the physical aspect of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and indeed any other sport, there is an inherent Risk versus Reward equation that can sometimes govern the difference between loss or victory, submitting your opponent or being submitted. Whilst we train or fight, our brain is constantly weighing up odds and calculating risk as we move through sequences that we deem ‘sound’ or avoid options that are too ‘unsound’. The more I have come to understand this concept, the more I’ve come to understand a little bit more about competing and how to practice in the training room. In this article I will discuss both aspects of the Risk Versus Reward equation; in the training room and in competition. Continue reading “Taking Risks- The Risk Versus Reward Equation”