Epi 368 The Art of War Chapter 1 Laying Plans

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.”

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