This week we have a HUGE episode. We take six well known and respected black belts and ask them all the same five questions about blue belts. There are some similarities and differences within these interviews but the amount of jiu-jitsu wisdom about blue belts in this episode is amazing.
The five questions we asked to the six black belt guests
Do you have requirements for a blue belt? What are they?
How important is it for students to be able to “defend” their belt?
How many intangibles (good teammate, good effort, helps others) come into play when promoting someone to blue belt?
Could one of the seven deadly sins be holding you back in BJJ? What we can learn from them to avoid problems on the mat. Today we break down how the deadly sins can be holding you back. The sins are; Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth.
We talk about:
Pride, and the difference in being confident and having too much pride
What is feeling too proud of a tournament or belt promotion
Being envious of training partners or coaches
Getting mad while training
How to tell when you have a passion for something or a lust
How being greedy with your knowledge and time on the mat will hurt you
How laziness even when you show up can greatly slow your progress
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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