The beauty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- or indeed any of the grappling arts- is that there is no body type or kind of person that can’t learn to grapple. People with very body type, every personality, race, culture, religion or walk of life can learn to grapple.
If anyone can learn, why do so many quit? Today I want to explore the ‘mental anatomy’, if you will, of the lifelong grappler and what it takes to develop the mentality. Continue reading “The mental anatomy of a grappler.”
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”
Attending training is an often discussed topic. The bottom line is that consistent attendance leads to consistent improvement.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard a person say that they’ve hit a plateau or they’ve been in a training rut for months and months; irregular attendance is almost always the reason for this narrative.
The baddest men and women I have encountered in the training room are the ones who are consistent. They attend class, and reap the rewards of their hard, consistent, training.
The mats never lie, and it’s always very clear to see how much time anyone in particular is putting in. I’d like to share 3 of my main thoughts on this topic: Continue reading “Thoughts on Attendance: 3 reasons to be there.”
Twenty Four hours. That’s all you get in any given day.
You are the only person accountable for how well or how badly you spend your time. You are also the one responsible for putting a specific value to your time. Continue reading “How valuable is your time?”
Many a student has experienced the notorious “plateau” or felt the sensation that they, try as they might, are getting nowhere with their training. “Hitting the wall” is or experiencing a mental block is common in any area of learning, Martial Arts being no different.
I would like to share my thoughts on why I believe that the dreaded plateau does not exist. In my opinion, it is in fact a symptom of a far more important cause that needs to be treated in your practice. Continue reading “Hitting the wall: Thoughts on plateaus & mental blocks in training.”
For anyone who has competed in any sport, the sensation of winning or losing is a very distinct one. I’m not here to disparage winners or losers, or indeed the idea that there should be winners or losers.
I simply want to explore a different approach to how we look at winning and losing in sport, particularly with reference to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Continue reading “Don’t focus on the Result: Approaching Wins and Losses.”
As a teacher, I’ve seen far too many young people learn how to quit before they learnt how to persist. As a training partner, I’ve seen talented people quit because accepting that they could possibly be bad at something was too much.
You never know how close you are to a break through. You never know how close or how far your next success is… the only thing that is certain is that quitting is not the solution.
Whatever you do, just don’t stop.
Thanks for reading.