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Nov 05

Another Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Thought Experiment

Imagine this. There are two entirely different individuals. One is extremely athletic with significant experience in sports. The other is out of shape and has never played in any sports seriously before. Now take both of those individuals and introduce them to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the same time and at the same gym. Inspire in …

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Oct 25

A Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Thought Experiment

A Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Thought Experiment

Recently, I read a biography about Einstein, and one interesting thing was his use of thought experiments to work out solutions to complex problems and highlight scientific concepts. What if you applied that method to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu? Let’s see what happens. The Thought Experiment Two twins develop an interest in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the same …

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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 20

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment I

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment I

Let’s set the stage. I taught a class at Crazy 88 some time ago, and in that class, I implemented the thought process I’ve had on isolating movements in instruction. Today, we’re going to retrace the steps and clearly highlight the structure of that class. Warmup The warmup was split into two phases. The first …

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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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Oct 08

Mindset is Often More Important than Skillset

I spend a lot of time thinking about the connection between mindset and performance. There is no doubt that such a connection exists, and it’s significant. I’ll give you a quick example. Last Spring, I competed at the IBJJF Pan Ams in California. I was a purple belt at the time, and I had competed …

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