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Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum in Jiu Jitsu

I was talking about this with a teammate last night: we talk all the time about following your own path, not comparing yourself to others, and marching to the beat of your own drum, so to speak.

It’s harder than it sounds, really. Even here in the US- a nation that prides itself for nurturing an “individualistic” culture, so much of our lives are spent comparing ourselves to others. The minute we are born, we’re measured to make sure we’re right in line with everyone else, our intelligence is tested to make sure we are at the very least developing at the same pace as others. As we grow older we are measured and tested in every single way, compared to others to ensure we are all on the same page, that we are at the very least average. There is a fear instilled in us of being left behind, of being at the tail end of the pack.

And then jiu jitsu comes along.

Jiu jitsu tells you to stop comparing yourself to others, to stop nitpicking about just how well you are doing vs how well your teammate is doing. It’s no longer a race to stay with the pack, but rather a journey that you are sharing with friends: some may be ahead of you, some may be behind, and occasionally you are forced to stray off the well beaten path and struggle through the weeds a bit before you are able to get back to solid footing.

And you are told this is normal- this thing that is totally opposite from everything that you are used to: all the testing, comparing and sizing up.

It can be a hard pill to swallow, and there are times that we will compare ourselves to others even when we know better, that such a comparison will only frustrate us further. It’s ok, we’re only human.

Just remember it happens, accept it and move on: don’t be afraid to find your own path- it may feel rocky, or swampy, or a flat plateau that stretches on for miles, but it is your journey and no one else’s.

Just some thoughts for today: have a great day everyone!

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Back Into the Swing of Things..For Now

Good morning everyone! Thanksgiving was fun and all, but now it’s time to get back into training…Until Christmas, that is.

Understandably, I feel like this is when the gym becomes a ghost town. Parties, holiday shopping, and indulging in one too many holiday cookies which leads to laying on the couch with a full tummy and not training.

While it’s certainly tempting to just not go to class, I would still strongly encourage you to make it to class when you can. Reinforce the habit of attending class, of training, of staying in that mindset, even if you did have that pumpkin donut that was just sitting at work, calling your name…

Anyway, think of it this way: the more you train now, the less guilty you’ll feel down the line. Everyone wins!

That’s all for today, folks. Have a great day everyone!

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Keenan Cornelius and the Show That Didn’t Really Happen

Remember how Keenan Cornelius was supposed to have a show called “Back to Basics”? I was just wondering whatever happened to it: if it happened to take off or not. I just checked Youtube, and it looks like only one episode was aired.

Well, so much for that, I suppose.

Anyone have the scoop on what happened? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

 

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Article on Takedown Battles

Good morning everyone- BJJ Heroes has an article highlighting takedown battles during gi and no gi matches. Personally, I highly prefer takedowns over guard pulls: from a competitor’s viewpoint, there’s a much better chance of putting yourself in a better position- and if it fails, hey, at least you tried. Also, from a spectator’s perspective it’s much more interesting to watch someone taken down than to have someone sit.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Jiu Jitsu and Mindful Movement

This is one of those things that just happens, and it’s tremendously important, but we don’t really talk about it too much, as it just happens organically. As you continue to learn and develop skills in jiu jitsu, you tend to cut out excessive movements, and engage more and more in mindful movement- there is a great reduction in arm flailing, and excessive movements that don’t really lead to anything. You find that each movement that you engage in has a purpose, for the most part: it’s to set up a technique, to defend, to put your opponent in a position that is advantageous for you- you’re not moving just for the sake of moving.

This reduction in unnecessary movement also reduces the amount of energy you waste: we all want to avoid being gassed, so we need to find ways to improve our energy stores, and to conserve what energy we have. In a best case scenario, we try to do both. And thirdly, unnecessary movement can cause unnecessary openings for your opponent to take advantage of in a match: when you move with purpose, you also (hopefully) take in account the risk involved in each movement, and how your partner may try to take advantage of that opportunity.

So, I would suggest that you be mindful of your movement during your next training- cut off the excess fat, if you will, to have a leaner game with more…meat, I guess, if we’re following that analogy.

Just my thoughts for the day: have a great day everyone!

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BJJ and Every Day Anxiety: I Would Rather Compete Than…

So, it’s something I’ve been working on (kind of) in my life, but I can be a pretty withdrawn, almost shy, person in social situations. I do really well for the most part in one-on-one interactions, but when it comes to public speaking or even addressing a number of people in a group, I get really anxious and clam up.

I mention this because for work I had to speak to a group of approximately 30 people yesterday. I realized I wished I would have rather jumped into a jiu jitsu competition at that very moment than get up to speak. Jiu jitsu competitions in themselves are pretty stressful- but given the two stressors, there was definitely a preference of one over the other. I mean I did my presentation, and I did it pretty well, but man…talking in front of large groups of people is nerve-wracking. Which is funny, considering I did theater in high school and college.

Anyway, here’s a list of other everyday things that give me anxiety, that I would gladly avoid and jump into a jiu jitsu competition if given a chance:

-send a company wide email.

-go to a party where I don’t know anyone- like, a single soul.

er…those are really the top two I can think of at the moment. What are some situations you have to deal with and think “I would much rather jump into a jiu jitsu tournament right now.”

Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Interesting Article on Getting Your Black Belt, and Then What Comes Next

Science of Skill has an interesting article on the mindset people have acquiring their black belt, and then what comes next. Unfortunately some people view their black belt as the final destination in their jiu jitsu adventure (not that final destination- you know what I’m talking about). As the article points out though, “there is no finality in jiu jitsu”.

For many martial arts a black belt is indicative of total mastery of the art, because the art itself doesn’t change all that much. I’m thinking more in terms of striking arts: there are only so many ways you can punch or kick a person. Jiu jitsu however is constantly evolving, changing, following and ebb and flow of different techniques that are focused on. It’s nearly impossible to master all of these techniques in one lifetime. A black belt is a tremendous milestone, absolutely, but it is by no means the end of the story.

One might say jiu jitsu is ….. a neverending story 

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If you don’t understand this reference, I’ll be tremendously sad.

Anyway, check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Words From Saulo: A White Belt with Stripes is Already a Master

So, Saulo Ribeiro- multiple world champ in jiu jitsu, judo black belt, head of the Ribeiro Association… well, he has this habit of making these bold statements that seem to come out of nowhere, but ultimately turn around and actually make sense.

Case in point, recently BJJEE recently published an article about how Saulo said that a white belt with stripes is already a master, which probably made a lot of jiu jitsu people scratch their heads. But, true to form, what he says does make sense-

 “If you are doing jiu-jitsu and are a one stripe white belt, then you are a ”master“ and can already teach some jiujitsu to someone from your family or friends…Some say .. “I’m just a white belt ..” Do not say it like that, say it with pride! If you are white belt well, you took a decision to start jiu-jitsu, and many people are scared to make that first step. If you are white belt with a couple of degrees, the you can defend yourself against 90% of people out there. Go your way, and never stop learning.”

Check out the article for yourself, and have a great day everyone!

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Women’s Jiu Jitsu and MMA News, and Vice -Versa

Well, this is interesting- apparently I missed that Rhonda Rousey announced that she wants to be the best at jiu jitsu. That’s cool, I guess. I think she has the potential to do well in jiu jitsu, but it sounds like she feels it’s going to be a breeze, where I feel it’s going to be more difficult than she may realize. But then again, she may enjoy the challenge: it gives her something to aspire to while she currently holds her title in UFC.

And then on the other side of the fence, jiu jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern apparently just announced her intentions to move to MMA, which sounds pretty cool. I don’t really have anything to say on the subject, so we’ll just have see how that plays out.

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Science! Scientists Map Out The Awkwardness Of Physical Contact With Others

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So we all know that one of the biggest barriers when it comes to jiu jitsu is the unwillingness to engage in physical contact with others. Well, scientists apparently have mapped out what is considered the “no go” zones when it comes to touch, based on the relationship with another person.

As the article states, “physical contact is hugely tied to social bonding and social structure”, which is probably why there is such a close knit bond with the people you train with in the gym: not only are you all training together with (usually) the same group over and over again, but this is a full contact sport- you are engaging in TONS of physical contact with someone.

Check it out, and let me know what you think. Otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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