Production Now and Production Long Term


Recently while listening to Steven Covey’s audio book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People I was introduced to the concept of P/PC Balance, or Production/Production Capacity balance. The idea is that we need to strike a balance between the amount of energy and focus we put into production right now, and the amount of energy and focus we invest in doing the things it takes to ensure we will continue to see production in the future.
In business, it is necessary to invest in capital improvement, employee compensation, training, surplus inventory, etc. One could shift their focus entirely to production, ignoring the need to reinvest and restock inventory, and for a short period see a dramatic increase in production and profit. This of course, would ultimately lead to the failure of the business.
This concept is applicable to almost any pursuit in life including Jiu-Jitsu. There are things you can focus on to see results right now ie. going to class, attending seminars, participating in tournaments, studying video, etc. and then there are things off the mat outside of the dojo that must be attended to for continued progress in Jiu-Jitsu long term. There must be a balance between these two areas of focus.
Maybe the most important off the mat investments we can make is in the maintenance of our bodies. One does not have to be a health nut or stud athlete to be good a Jiu-Jitsu–but if you do not take care of your body, your pursuit of Jiu-Jitsu will inevitably come to an unfortunate end. Spending additional time and money on quality food and meal preparation will not make you better at Jiu-Jitsu today and spending an extra hour a week stretching/doing yoga will not make you better at Jiu-Jitsu today… but these are the kinds of investments that will allow you to pursue Jiu-Jitsu long term. Also, along these lines, when it comes to training Jiu-Jitsu sometimes less is more. Training 5 plus days a week will most likely result in rapid gains–but for many of us it will also result in over training which leads to nagging ongoing overuse injuries, fatigue, and burnout.
For many people, having your family in your corner is a key element in the long-term pursuit of Jiu-Jitsu. I know that’s true for me. My kids are grown, but I still value and need the support of my wife. I strategically choose which classes I’m going to attend so as not to be taking away too much time from her. I could just go to class whenever I wanted with no regards to her, but it would only take a few weeks before I got the “it’s me or Jiu-Jitsu” ultimatum. It’s easy to jokingly say “I sure will miss her”, but the reality is my Jiu-Jitsu would be, at least temporarily, derailed. So making sure that she gets the time she needs is ultimately an investment in my ability to progress on the mats long term.
I’ve seen young people struggle to balance their pursuit of education and career with their pursuit of Jiu-Jitsu. I’ve known a few who put some things on hold to train Jiu-Jitsu. That might be fine if you’re one of the few people who have a legitimate shot at being a top-level competitor or successful gym owner. But for most of us, Jiu-Jitsu will be a lifelong part time hobby that requires ongoing financial investment. Putting your career or education before Jiu-Jitsu now may put you in a position in 10 years to comfortably afford to travel for tournaments, attend seminars, and take private lessons with high-level instructors.
Each person’s Jiu-Jitsu Journey is different. The off the mat investments that you need to make may be completely different than mine, but the fact remains, you will need to invest in “production capacity” if you want to continue to see “production” or progress.

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Epi 170 Black Belt Dr. Jen Case

This week we bring you an interview with Dr. Jen Case. Dr. Case has a PhD in human nutrition, she studies nutrition and sport performance. Dr. Case is a black belt under Renato Tavares and she trains in Kansas City with Jason Bircher.

We talk about:

  • How Jiu-Jitsu has effected her education
  • The idea of passive insufficiency and BJJ
  • Comparing a black belt to a Phd
  • The importance of strength and skill on the mat
  • Weightlifting for BJJ
  • Diet tips for better performance on the mat
  • What you should eat based on the time of day
  • Cutting weight
  • Teaching women’s only seminars
  • Advice to women who are new to BJJ
  • Advice for students going to school and BJJ
  • Goals for new students
  • A women’s only BJJ seminar Feb 4, 10-11:30 that she is teaching

Links: Kansas City BJJ

Quote of the week: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Aristotle

Article of the week: Meet the 5 worst enemies of the BJJ fighter

We also debuted our new segment The Referee Corner “Epi 1 Most common mistake in BJJ”

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Custom Da Firma Kimono Company Gi Review

Da Firma Kimono Company (DFKC) is a company that makes among other things custom Gis. A custom gi might be a perfect thing for you if you are a school owner or wanting Gis to represent your team. There is an infinite amount of options when designing a custom gi from DFKC. In this review you can see what a custom BjjBrick gi looks like, and get a look at some of the decisions you will make when designing a gi.

Epi 169 James Clingerman of The Fight Hub

James Clingerman is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he has been teaching BJJ for almost 17 years. Along with running The Fight Hub he teaches in his academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We talk about:

  • Some of the DVD’s he has produced
  • How he got into the business of producing BJJ DVD’s
  • How he has used BJJ to help overcome social anxiety
  • His start in martial arts as a kid
  • Trying “fake Jiu-Jitsu”
  • His story of how he survived getting shot in the face while in his car
  • How BJJ helped him survive
  • His lasting effects from the shooting
  • Why he changes he game to be a better instructor
  • The fight hub selling gear
  • The advantages to learning from a professionally made video
  • Training tips
  • Tips to making a game plan

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Quote of the week: Top 25 Funny and Ridiculous Quotes in Sports

Article of the week: All or nothing

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DVD Review Peruvian Dozen 2.0 by James Clingerman

Want to learn the Peruvian neck tie and a bunch of combinations from this Gi and no-gi choke? Find out in this review if this is the right DVD for you.

Links:

  • Find the DVD here http://thefighthub.com/
  • Origional Peruvian Dozen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WupqrU9FJtI

Epi 168 Keys To A Strong Kids Program With Korbett Miller

This week we are proud to bring you Korbett Miller. Today you will learn a lot about developing the next generation of BJJ practitioners. Miller is a first degree BJJ black belt under Saulo and Xande RIbeiro. This episode is a must listen for anyone involved with teaching BJJ to adults or kids.korbett-miller

We talk about:

  • Overcoming difficulties as a kid with martial arts
  • The current coaching environment for kids programs
  • How to teach kids differently than adults
  • Teaching on command
  • Drills that are played as games
  • Getting deliberate practice
  • The “Dead Bug” drill to help learn the hip bump sweep
  • Character development for kids in BJJ over other martial arts
  • Fixed mindset vs growth mindset
  • Why you should avoid “Person Praise” to students
  • The importance of a great introductory lesson for kids
  • Some of the details of the introductory lesson
  • Why he does not give kids a belt without earning it first
  • The importance of focus and respect
  • Having kids be a first time listener and doing things the right way right away
  • Not just letting the new kids just blend in with the rest of the class
  • Why almost no one regrets long term martial arts training
  • Developing a talent hot bed in your school
  • Why he encourages kids to compete
  • What to say to a kid after a loss
  • Lessons learned while competing
  • How to let kids start rolling
  • How to teach kids submissions
  • How he has attracted 250 kids to his BJJ school
  • Developing a kids program
  • Marketing a kids martial arts program

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Quote of the week: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Benjamin Franklin

We have the results of The BjjBrick Coach of the Year Contest. We are
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Gary’s audio book is called “How to sneak into the kids division and get gold or a cold”

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Josh Hinger DVD Hingertine Review

This is a review of the Hingertine DVD with Atos Black Belt Josh Hinger. Josh Hinger is also a 2016 Black Belt No-gi World Champion.
The Hingertine is a variation of an arm in guillotine. It is a very effective finish.
The DVD can be found at The Fight Hub

Epi 167 Review of 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017

The last episode of 2016 for The BjjBrick Podcast. We take this time to reflect on the news and developments of the last year, and look forward to the next year. We recommend that you do the same.

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We talk about:

  • Successful changes in our diets
  • Gary quitting drinking Mt. Dew
  • Playing a game that requires a heavy gripping
  • Leg locks and Heel hooks
  • Submission only tournaments and matches in 2016
  • Ryan Hall in the UFC
  • Mathematical breakdown of the matches at worlds in 2016
  • Highlighting chokes from the back, armbars, closed guard sweeps
  • Taking the back from passing the guard
  • Evaluations of our BJJ games over the year
  • Why Byron quit doing triangle chokes in February
  • Why Gary has backed off of his wrestling this year
  • Leg drags and leg locks
  • The future of The BjjBrick Podcast
  • Why Byron would want a BJJ match with Timothy Ferriss

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Quote of the week: “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” Cavett Robert

Article of the week: BJJ Grips: Reevaluating Your Goals

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Epi 166 Get Inspired by Glenn Jarrell

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Glenn Jarrell and Byron Jabara

This week we have an interview with 58 year old brown belt and competitor Glenn Jarrell. We have been wanting to get Glenn on the podcast for quite sometime, you will soon find out why as Glenn shares some of his story.

We talk about:

  • Why he started BJJ at 47 year old
  • Using his high school wrestling to start BJJ
  • Training BJJ at 58 years old
  • Having a supportive family
  • Why he stuck with BJJ after trying many other exercises
  • Why he started competing
  • Competing against younger competitors
  • Competing at big tournaments
  • Winning purple belt Masters 6 at worlds
  • His training schedule
  • What he does differently to prepare for a tournament
  • Changes that he has made to his diet
  • Dealing with back pain
  • Working for the Kansas athletic commission at MMA events
  • Advice for someone starting BJJ in their late 40’s

Links: Glenn trans at Fox Fitness in Wichita

Quote of the week: “A good hockey player plays here the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: 3 Fixes for sore fingers in bjj

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