I’m not dead, I promise- just in the great work/life/training/writing balance, writing has sort of been taking a back seat.
I just checked BJJnews to see what I missed out on while I’ve been buried under work, and I’m kind of surprised to see that Jeff Glover is retiring from competing in jiu jitsu. When it’s time, it’s time, I guess.
Anyhoo, if you are just a surprised about that as I am, check out the article and have a great day everyone!
If you really think about it, there’s really no secret formula to getting better at jiu jitsu: the problem often lies in people’s impatience when it comes to improving their skills and advancing in rank.
Consistency is important in a lot of ways: you need to consistently show up for class, drill and attend class on a reasonably regular and consistent schedule. While the results themselves don’t always feel consistent, keeping constant in your efforts to improve will eventually pay off.
Accountability in a number of ways is important: you need to be accountable for your failures- you can’t learn from something if you don’t take ownership for it. You need to hold yourself accountable to making it to class on that consistent schedule, and to get back to class if you miss a day or two. Taking ownership of your lack of knowledge, swallowing your pride sometimes and asking for help or feedback on something you aren’t executing on.
Again, not rocket science, but they are lessons that we logically know, but we don’t always know “heart and soul”. They are lessons that we learn over time before they really start to sink in. Once we do however, the road to improvement gets just a little easier: when we take ownership of our jiu jitsu journey and take consistent steps along it, we will eventually make progress.
Just some thoughts for the morning: have a great day everyone!
According to a video from BJJ Scout, apparently a BJJ blue belt was given an “honorary” black belt for bringing IBJJF competition to China.
Personally, I’m baffled at the idea of an honorary black belt in this circumstance for a variety of reasons: I’m not against said distinction if the person falls into one of these categories-
- Has a ton of experience in grappling and beating bjj players, particularly members of the Gracie family (which is why I didn’t even bat an eyelash when there was mention of Sakuraba getting an honorary black belt- they call him “The Gracie Hunter” for pete’s sake)
- You are old enough that you will probably never compete and/or live long enough to actually see yourself get a black belt in the natural course of the ranks.
Neither seem to be the case for this person: not that it’s really any of my business, but I don’t think an honorary black belt was really necessary.
Anyway, check it out and have a great day everyone!
The past 2 weeks have been a bit bananas, but yesterday my office did their annual day of community service- and I have to admit, it’s nice to give back. We painted homes, picked up trash (like, a lot of it) around some neighborhoods, in addition to other items that were sorely needed in the community we were working in.
I encourage everyone to try to give back to your community, in one way or another- with or without your academy (it would be nice if a bunch of people participated in giving back to their community, but hey, don’t let me tell you how your gym should operate). Whether that’s helping clean up a local park, dropping some items off at a local shelter, or some other act of service, you never know just how much it’s needed and appreciated until you actually get out there and do something.
That’s all for today- have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a crazy week, but I was able to catch “Isle of Dogs”- the movie about a pack of dogs and a young boy who are trying to escape an island…. That’s a gross oversimplification of the plot, but it’s a cute movie that you should check out.
Have a great weekend everyone!
I do love when people talk about the brain and jiu jitsu- Breaking Grips has an article about how we learn jiu jitsu: check it out and have a great day everyone!
This is why you need to pay attention to what you read, folks. Particularly around the first of April.
Someone wrote an article on April 1st about IBJJF allowing heel hooks and reaping-and not bring fully caffeinated and alert, decided to share that post. It sounded a little fishy to me, so I checked the IBJJF website- no mention.
I went back to the article and then I saw the date it was published- April 1st.
Moral of the story- read critically, and always check for primary sources.
Well, this is pretty interesting: starting April 7th (funny enough, the weekend of the DC Open), Brown and Black belt competitors will be allowed to reap the knee and go for heel hooks.
Check it out and have a great day everyone!
Hey everyone, Grapplearts has a podcast up on their site with 12 Black Belts giving their advice about starting bjj. My own? I guess just the Dory (from “Finding Nemo”) philosophy- just keep swimming, just keep swimming….
Anyway, check it out and have a great day everyone!
Well this is kind of interesting: we all have heard the premise that people need to learn things in different ways- visual, audio, reading and kinesthetic. A recent study suggests however that there really is no difference to how the information is presented, and rather more effective strategies include,
“giving practice tests, encouraging peer teaching, and working through problems and examples out loud. It also helps if students can connect what they’re learning to information they already know, fitting new knowledge into their understanding of the world.”
So, putting this into a jiu jitsu context would include rolling, sharing ideas and thoughts with other students to work certain positions out, and for instructors it means taking what your students should already know and building on that knowledge. Neat!
Anyway, check out the article and have a great day everyone!