Commentary: Fine Line of Jiu-Jitsu as ‘Life Lessons’

‘You can only give away what you are.’ ~Syd Banks

Have come full-circle on using Jiu-Jitsu to teach life lessons. =)

A huge, huge problem with this though, is the delusional moron who thinks they know something about life because they are good at Jiu-Jitsu. lol

One doesn’t necessarily translate to the other, and projecting wisdom with little or no substance behind it probably does more harm than good.


Study: Chasing Fundamentals vs. Training Partners

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Searching for, studying, and training fundamentals is what makes Jiu-Jitsu easy.

All too often though, we get drawn into responding to and defending whatever our training partners are doing.

While this is natural and even useful in refining fundamentals, the vast majority of people we train with will likely be chasing some combination of:

A) Positions that leverage their natural attributes; B) Aesthetic preferences; C) Whatever is trendy at the moment.

In other words, they probably aren’t pursuing fundamentals for the sake of fundamentals.

This above is fine, but there will come a time when this person will be exposed to a practitioner who is extremely fundamentally sound, and walks all over them with relative ease.

At this point they will be faced with deciding whether to continue on the path they’re on with diminished returns, or returning to square one.

Lesson: Start at square one from square one.  If you find yourself at square two, go back to square one.  Simplicity isn’t exciting, hence we often fly right by it.

September 2016 Notes

Oregon mountain bike rides this season: Kent-Phil’s Loop, Bend; Peterson Ridge Trail, Sisters; Forest Park, Jacksonville; Dead Mountain/Flat Creek Trail, Oakridge; Goodman Creek Trail, Lowell; Cathedral Hills, Grants Pass; North Umqua Trail Mott & Tioga Sections, Glide; Gales Creek, Historic Hiking, and Storey Burn Trails, Tillamook; Stubb Stewart Trails, Vernonia; Molalla River Corridor Trails, Molalla; Forest Park, Portland.

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September readin’: Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 14 by Peter Clines, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft, Obi-Wan & Anakin #1-5 TPB, ‘M’ is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman, The Croning by Laird Barron.

Media: Loved, loved, loved first season of ‘Stranger Things.’  Thank you Netflix!

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Lifestyle: Friends vs. Training Partners

Yo, if I was friends with you while training at your gym, and I leave your gym, and you stop calling me it means I was training partner not a friend.

This isn’t to hate on anyone.  Training partners are RAD and vital to Jiu-Jitsu growth, and not everyone is going to be a friend away from the Academy.  It’s math. =)

Guess I’m writing about this because it’s something I wish understood earlier in my Jiu-Jitsu journey.




Training: Jiu-Jitsu Stress Relief & Layers of Focus

First off, using Jiu-Jitsu as stress relief is a 100x better than going home and stewing about work, traffic, weather, and/or worse still, spreading this negative energy to loved ones.


So yes, Jiu-Jitsu effectively gets us back to present an in motion.  Great right!?  Sure, and sometimes it’s just what the doctor orders…

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Going deeper, while using Jiu-Jitsu as stress relief probably has a positive effect on our overall well-being, it negatively affects the quality of training.


Because by nature, using something as a release means we’re still engaged in negative chatter having nothing to do with broadening our physical and intellectual understanding of Jiu-Jitsu.

The above scenario is human and happens for a variety of reasons ranging from diet and sleep; to the psychology of unrealistic expectations, personal hot-spots triggered, and the oft-mistaken belief that holding onto and things helps us ‘problem’ solve.

Tying this into training (BJJ Scout & Demian Maia make damn good art btw)…

…high levels of detail and focus require a clear, unhindered mind.

Again, as discussed many times, we’re naturally going to be up and down, the key is remembering awareness, potential, and consciousness is what we are.  We don’t need to get all rah-rah Tony Robbins or eastern Guru dude as it takes us from the very essence we’re seeking.

To close, train and be blessed with whatever clarity and degree of insight you have on a given day. =)