Category Archive: Learning

Here you can find all the posts that focus on the learning process and how you can learn more effectively.

Dec 05

Are You Willing to Look Like a Fool

That’s a question that you should ask yourself if you’re serious about mastering anything But who wants to look like a fool? We all want to look good. We want to impress. It’s hard to let go of vanity. It’s also hard to let go of habits that you’ve already formed. There’s a parable highlighted …

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Nov 16

How Dare You Associate Emoticons with Training

I don’t like using emoticons. It’s simply because it doesn’t feel natural. The reason that it doesn’t feel natural is because I haven’t done it enough. It’s quite the little paradox. Something isn’t done because it doesn’t feel right, but it doesn’t feel right because it isn’t done. The same kind of dynamic can be …

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Oct 23

Reverse Engineering Technique in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

We’re going to follow up on the principle of piecing it all together by looking at the technique equation from a different angle. So let’s start by restating that equation: Technique = Concept + Movement It’s a simple equation, and that’s why it’s useful as an intuitive framework for understanding how technique is learned and …

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Oct 19

Piecing It All Together in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Piecing It All Together in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

For several years now, I’ve been reducing computer systems to many bits and pieces then putting them all back together again with new parts. It’s one of my jobs. Lately, I’ve been thinking about that process and how it relates to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Now, I’m going to share my thought process with you, and I’m …

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Sep 07

Are You Consumed With the Question of Why

I know I am. I realized early that understanding why a technique works makes it easier to figure out how to make it work for me. So I became a conceptual learner. Another factor in that choice of focus came as a result of a method that my coach, Mike Moses, used to use often …

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Sep 04

Are All Hours Spent Training BJJ of Equal Value

This is a question that I’ve wondered about. Intuitively, I’ve felt that the answer was a clear and emphatic no. The issue was that I only had my own experience to draw from. Now from two different sources within a very small time frame, I’ve been introduced to a concept that has the potential of …

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