This episode we talk about The Art of War by Sun Tzu. We cover how BJJ relates to chapter 1 of the art of war.
We talk about:
The idea of BJJ and human chess
Your strategy starts with your training, your instructors, your study
Choose your pathway, do you want to be a guard player, leg lock specialist (with a specialty in straight ankle), a scrambler, control fighter. This is like choosing your weapons (sword, spear, archery, shield, horses)
Are you able to gain access to your game?
Are you able to gain an advantage with your game plan?
What instructor has the most ability? Paragraph 13 ch 1
Things to look for in an instructor
Having Discipline enforced on the mats
Changing Plans Paragraph 17 ch 1
Tournament match ups are hard to predict. You may be required to be an aggressive guard player, elite wrestler, point fighter, and tricky new guard system all in the same day.
All warfare is based on deception. Paragraph 18 ch 1
We conclude by taling about laying plans off the mat. And asking for you to let us know how this chapter can be applied to your life.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King
”I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
“Without constant practice, the officers will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle; without constant practice, the general will be wavering and irresolute when the crisis is at hand”
“According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.”
“when able to attack, we mush seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
Quote of the week: “There is a difference between something catastrophic and something that is uncomfortable. If something is catastrophic you tap. If something is uncomfortable, you have to find a way out” John Danaher
Quote of the week: “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” Michael Jordan
The many disciplines of martial arts are traditionally practiced in studios with other people to train and spar with. With the pandemic forcing the closures of martial arts studios around the country, this makes it challenging to keep up with your training. Rather than hitting pause, and possibly losing some of what you’ve learned and mastered, it’s time to consider how to maintain your training at home with your own studio or dojo.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t a difficult undertaking. For one thing, you can make use of any workable space at home—like your garage or basement. Plus, it’s easy enough to acquire the equipment you’ll need to train. Here are some resources to help you in that process, and then some.
If you’re a beginner, this book will teach you how to start off right and avoid common mistakes in your jiu-jitsu training.
In addition to having your own martial arts studio, upgrading or increasing usable living space in your home that can be used for other activities (yoga, home gym, flex room) can significantly affect the value of your home. And this can be a huge bonus if and when the time comes to sell.
Creating your own at-home martial arts gym is more than doable, as is keeping up your training at home with the right drills. To get the most out of your studio, make sure to keep it clean and that you purchase the appropriate equipment.