February 2017 Notes

Books Finished:  ‘TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald’ by Timothy O’Brien; ‘Neonomicon’ by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows; ‘A Dance with Dragons’ by George R.R. Martin.  Short Stories: ‘Pickman’s Model’ by H.P. Lovecraft.

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Magic/Mentalism:  ‘ET Q&A’ ebook by R.W. Cosley; ‘Serial Thriller’ ebook by Sudo Nimh; ‘Eclipsed’ ebook by Sudo Nimh; ‘Sudosuke’ ebook by Sudo Nimh; ‘The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick’ book by Hector Chadwick; ‘Conscious Magic 1’ dvd by Andrew Gerard, Ran Pink.  Routines: ‘Reversal’ by Banachek/Sean Waters; ‘Cardology’ by Blackstone; ‘Astronomical’ by Peter Turner.

Media: Vincent Price marathon – ‘The Masque of the Red Death,’ ‘House of Usher,’ ‘Tales of Terror.’

Jiu-Jitsu: Side Control Bottom – Turn Away Escapes, Scarf Hold with Underhook (Straight Arm to collar/jaw & Hip Tilt), Reverse Scarfhold with and without underhook escapes.  Cross-Choke from Closed Guard and Mount.

Dance:  Waist movement.

Cardio & Conditioning:  Fairly lazy month, especially with cardio, but been trying to cycle kettlebell work (just started doing kettlebell squats), bodyweight conditioning, and running.


Mind States: Distraction to Focus

As far as I can tell the brain feasts on novelty, so I don’t think we’re attention span challenged so much as the distraction, associative drive brain is constantly bombarded with a million and one things competing to distract it!

Therefore, I see intention and goals as ways of tricking the mind to help us get where we want to go, rather than being at the whim of whatever association or stimuli is floating through our heads in the moment.

Another thing is, we seem to be able to effectively drop thought to the degree we’re calm.

Wiser people than me often say when we’re revved up internally, it’s a sure sign our thinking is off, and to take a pause for the cause.  Just breathe.

Training: Intention to Detail

The reason why drilling helps us is because it forces us to be intentional.

Intention in turn focuses attention towards specifics and detail.

Remember, it doesn’t really matter how you drill, so much as using drilling as a creative means for being intentional.

Keep in mind Jiu-Jitsu is about subtleties over strength and speed.  Such subtleties are simple, but take time before they’re cognitively and kinesthetically grasped.



January 2017 notes

Books finished:  ‘Where the Red Fern’ grows by Wilson Rawls; ‘Creepy Archives Vol. 1,’ by Archie Goodwin, various artists; ‘The Practice of Practice’ by Jonathan Harnum.

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Magic/Mentalism:  Eugene Burger Penguin Live lecture,  ‘Will To Read’ DVD and scripting.

Dance:  Tick wave, arm movement and synchronization, squats.

Jiu-Jitsu Training:  Back to solo-drills and drop-ins.  Worked cross-sides top and open guard earlier in the month. Currently working cross-sides and turtle bottom.

Media & Entertainment:  Probably overdosed watching lead-up to Oregon Football’s national signing day and seeing new staff assembled.  Fun seeing the coaches scramble to get what turned out to be super solid class in limited time frame.

Conditioning:  Another fairly lazy month with weather hazards, but still managed to increased kettlebell weight and reps.  Cardio declined a bit due to inactivity.

Personal:  Becoming better at making short term, reasonable goals as opposed to going epic and sputtering out.  When framed properly goals are motivating.  Shoot for small and push for more if session warrants it; but the key is starting.  Also, the more you can note and track things, the better results.  Every little bit helps.





Two Thoughts on Evolution

Blog has kinda died and turned into a journal of sorts, but here are two ‘evolutionary’ nugs:

Our first instinct is often NOT the most efficient option; likely being a result of habitual, conditioned thinking.

Along these lines, thought is flows to the degree we observe it.

Next, evolution implies we are continually outgrowing things. =)