Moving with Intention

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. 

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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.

Your fears are holding you back.

“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.

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Leg Locks: “Why WOULD you ignore 50% of the body?”

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.

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Taking Risks- The Risk Versus Reward Equation

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

Injury and Recovery

One of the unfortunate realities for anyone who trains Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, or any other sports for that matter, is injury.

Even if you are a safe, conscientious practitioner, the likelihood of accidental injury increases alongside time spent training. The severity of an injury will dictate the amount of time needed to recover, as well as the kind of physical requirements needed for sufficient recovery before returning to the mat. In this post I will look at a few things that you should be looking to do on the path to recovery in the unfortunate event of injury. Continue reading

Wanting to get better at Brazilian Jiu-jitsu quicker? Play more guard.

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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is unique among most other forms of grappling arts because of its emphasis on and variety of techniques whilst on your back and- more specifically- from bottom positions often referred to as ‘ the guard’.

However, most people starting out in the sport tend to reject this in favor of what they believe to be more dominant” top positions. In this article I will discuss how this is not often the case and how you can improve faster by playing more guard.

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Black Belt is not the goal.

I think there is probably a time in anyone’s life journeys where they’ve said: “Damn, I wish I could just fast forward to when I’m X.”

I don’t think that Jiu-jitsu is any different. Many a practitioner has hoped for a quick(er) promotion or felt frustrated at stalling or slow progress. But I think something that is worth explicitly saying is this: Black Belt is not the goal. It’s only a part of it. I want to explore this and explain why we should be looking at more expansive goals for ourselves.  Continue reading

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Anarchy: the Ultimate Open Source Education for the modern world.

As a philosopher, there are not a lot of things that I feel as genuinely optimistic about as I do with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At its core, the art empowers all of its practitioners with the ability to learn, defend themselves and (arguably the most important factor) promotes critical thinking. In a lot of ways, I see learning BJJ as an action that is not only empowering, but also very closely aligned with some crucial Anarchistic Philosophical principals.

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