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Happy New Year! January 1, 2009

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With 2008 now nothing but a distant memory it’s straight to work on making 2009 as prosperus and opportunistic as possible.

Whether that’s on or off the mat, I hope this year helps you achieve your goals and shapes your life for the better.

So with that said I wish you all the best for 2009 and thank you all for continuing to read ConceptualBJJ.com.

You reap what you sow, my friends.

Take care and all the best,

Adam Adshead

Happy Christmas! December 24, 2008

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With Christmas but a few hours away, I thought I’d take a moment to wish you all a very HAPPY and enjoyable Christmas!

I can’t believe how quickly these last few weeks have gone, but let’s all enjoy it while we can.

Seasons greetings and thanks, as always, for continuing to read Conceptual BJJ.

All the best,

Adam Adshead

29. BJJ Goals/Targets for 2008 (Update) December 22, 2008

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Around this time last year I drew up some BJJ goals/targets for the coming 12 months – with a view to attaining as many of them as possible. Now almost a year on I think its important to document where I triumphed, where I came short and also what new goals/targets I’m setting myself for 2009.

So here goes, how did 2008 go for me? (more…)

28. BJJ, Burmuda shorts and puffy shirts December 17, 2008

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fas016It’s coming to the end of 2008 and now is a perfect time to reflect on your game over the past year. This can come in many areas, but today I want to talk about the different factions of BJJ that you use whilst rolling.

To gauge such a thing I think it’s worth pondering the question – When you roll what percentage of ‘The game’ do you use?

By that I mean what proportion of the encyclopedia of BJJ do you try and execute during a standard roll? Do you play mainly guard, go for triangles and omo platas and repeat the process? Do you shoot straight to top control and work predominately from there, or do you alternate between playing top game, sometimes play guard, mix it up with some back control, plenty of sweeps, mount and a full range of submissions, transitions and strategies? (more…)

27. Too much or not enough? December 4, 2008

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BJJ is a battle of inches as they say and everyday we all walk the fine line between too much or notClipart enough.

Whether that’s using too much or not enough strength, being over active or under active during a roll, sinking your hooks in too shallow or nice and deep, playing loose and fluid or tight and rigid – the list goes on and on and on.

So what is the right amount of strength to use? How active do I need to be in a roll? How deep should I play my hooks? What is the perfect balance between being loose and fluid and tightly impenetrable?

Well the answer is… very complicated and also different for everyone at their different levels, weights, styles, game-plans, the situation you’re in, the phase of the moon, the brand of deodorant they use and most importantly their dress sense.

I’m sorry to raise your hopes in trying to define and solve the complicated quandary that is the ‘Too much – not enough‘ spectrum but although I haven’t solved it yet, I think conceptually it’s something we can all be thinking about.

So if you think you might be using too much or not enough during training, try to redress the balance for the better. Remember it might not be a technical issue that is stopping you pull off a sweep or guard pass it might just be that you weren’t in the right place on the ‘Too much – not enough’ spectrum.

What inspired this post is a fabulous advert from the good people at Audi (crosses fingers, awaits free car) who have an advert on the different types of grip we all use everyday. It really illustrates the spectrum and as you’ll see it neatly transposes over to BJJ.

Anyway, take a look and make sure this week you consider the spectrum and how it may have helped you pull something off or miss a golden opportunity.

Take care people.

Adam Adshead

26. Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter – #3 The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible. December 3, 2008

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Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #3 -The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible.

There is a lot written about training with too much ego, rolling just to win and going too hard, but one thing I’ve never taken into account is an individuals or BJJ clubs thoughts on this statement:

The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible.

If you take a second to think about your reasons behind training in relation to the statement, the aforementioned ego levels and ethos to training suddenly become clearer.

Now, I’m not saying you need to choose to be from one camp or the other, but whether you like it or not the way you train can be somewhat derived from being more sport or art orientated.

I think everyone should strive to be as smooth and technically proficient whether rolling or drilling, as although I’m not really into the mysticism of martial arts, I think we all owe it to the art somewhat. Also if you’re fly-wing weight like me, then you need to make sure you’re doing things properly, as against bigger partners – the obvious strength, weight and size difference start to dictate the roll immensely.

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Looking for a BJJ/Grappling club in Stockport/Macclesfield? November 23, 2008

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Although we’ve been open since March it’s only now that we’re opening the doors to the world after a period of: consolidation, re-grouping, re-associating and training on limited mat space.

So if you’re a fan of ConceptualBJJ.com and looking for a BJJ / grappling club in the Stockport / Macclesfield area, then drop on by or get in touch.

Factory BJJ

Class times:

Tuesday – Gi 7.30-9.30pm

Friday – No Gi – 7.30-9.30pm

Saturday – Open Mat 12-2pm (Gi, No Gi or a mix)

AT:

Hulleys Gym (AstraZeneca – Gym AZ)

Silk Rd Business Park

Charter Way

Macclesfield (Just outside Stockport)

Cheshire

SK10 2NG

(At the desk say you’re here for the ‘Martial Arts’ class in the studio and they’ll let you through)

Contact us at Info [@] FactoryBJJ.com or phone Adam Adshead on 07910 580 244 for more details.

25. Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #2 – There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly. November 17, 2008

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Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #2 -There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly.

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There is an old phrase that goes:

‘Neither use, nor ornament’ – that is used to describe something as having no functional use or aesthetic qualities.

Now what Chris Haueter plus Darren and Helen Currie have taught me is the importance – grips, hooks, positions etc have in being both useful and also ornamental (Technically sound).

Well kind of, it boils down to the fact that there is a big difference between having something and actually using it.

For example if you take a collar grip – all you’re doing is holding a bit of cloth but when you start to use it – say pull, push, twist, turn it, all of a sudden it has value and use.

The same can be said for (more…)

24. Things I learnt from Chris Haueter – #1 Starting a roll from your knees isn’t as useful as starting it in different positions. November 14, 2008

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Things I learnt from Chris Haueter – #1 Starting a roll from your knees isn’t as useful as starting it in different positions.

Most grappling clubs start sparring with both people on their knees and whilst this minimises the injuries that sparring on the feet has, I don’t think it’s the most efficient use of limited class time.

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I agree that it’s fair and even, but why not start with one person in closed guard, in side control or in back control etc? By doing such a thing you’re in the thick of the action straight away and not dancing around the mulberry bush just to get started.

I think taking such an approach is also a really useful way of building the repetitions of breaking a closed guard, getting out from under side control or keeping on someones back (All fundamental core skills that can never be worked enough).

But you don’t have to stop there you can start from any position.

If for instance you’ve just taught a class on De la Riva guard, how inefficient is it if everyone then starts to roll from their knees? Yes, eventually one person will end up in guard but why not save some time by starting with one person in De la Riva guard? Then if someone progresses to a tap etc, then they end up in De la Riva guard, giving the other person a go. This gives both people a chance to work what has been covered, work opposing sides of the material and is a more efficient use of your time. (more…)

23. Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter November 13, 2008

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Last week I had the pleasure of training twice and having a roll with the legendary Chris Haueter. It was a privilege to host him at our gym and we all learnt soo much.

So in this mini-article I’m going to give you an overview of Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter. I will then expand some of the points into separate entries with photos, explanation and video where appropriate.

So here we go – Things I learnt from Chris Haueter:

  1. Starting a roll from your knees isn’t as useful as starting it in different positions.

  2. Americans like to whine if they’re injured, whilst Brits are ‘Stoic’ and soldier on regardless. (Chris’s words not mine)

  3. There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly.

  4. The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible.

  5. Chris Haueter is pure awesomeness!
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