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4. Where does inspiration come from? October 9, 2007

Posted by Adam Adshead in Inspiration, Introduction/Welcome.
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Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum, what might be right for you, may not be right for some.

The beauty of inspiration is that it can come from anywhere at anytime. Whether you’re watching someone rolling, being coached, kinaesthetically figuring something out or sat in traffic – learning and inspiration can be as chaotic as BJJ itself.

They say behind every great man is a great women and beind every great team is a great coach.

So I’ve got to acknowledge those who have helped me come this far and more importantly inspired me with the confidence to create this blog, so here goes:

Phil Wright

Phil Wright

Doug Mochan

Doug Mochan

Rodney King

Rodney King

John Will

Obviously there has been lots of other people and experiences which have helped inspire me, but the four above need a notable mention.

Thanks guys.

Adam Adshead

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3. Background to my Conceptual Understanding of BJJ October 8, 2007

Posted by Adam Adshead in BJJ, Conceptual BJJ, Inspiration, Introduction/Welcome, Thoughts.
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Pensive

Before we start getting into deep philosophical debates about Conceptual BJJ, I thought I’d formally dispel any pretension surrounding my pedigree as an ‘expert’ on conceptual BJJ.

I believe that whether you’ve been training for months or years you can bring something to the table in terms of understanding anything and that’s why I started this Blog.

I don’t believe to be an expert but I do have ideas, thoughts and a belief in my understanding, so please bear this in mind. I’m still learning and although I feel compelled to share my thoughts, do understand that they’re still in the early stages of development.

I actively encourage that whoever you are that you can help me, and in turn yourself, build a greater understanding of your game.

So get involved and let me know what you think.

Adam Adshead

www.ConceptualBJJ.wordpress.com

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2. Introduction to BJJ and Conceptual Thinking October 8, 2007

Posted by Adam Adshead in BJJ, Chaos theory, Conceptual BJJ, Introduction/Welcome.
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Chaos Theory

BJJ or Brazilian jiu jitsu is a complicated thing.

Whether training for sport, competition or just for fun the sheer immensity of what encapsulates BJJ is scary.

  1. You start off by learning the different positions, ‘simple’ linear formulations of where your body is in relation to your training partner.
  2. You then figure out where each of these positions fits in relation to all the other positions….
  3. …Which you do by learning a catalogue of techniques which help you move, escape, maintain and even finish your training partner.
  4. Then comes the conceptual understanding of how the positions, techniques and most importantly chaos fits in with your game.

Then you’ve mastered BJJ and can retire happy in your self actulisation, well it’s not that simple.

Whether you’ve been training 10 weeks or 10 years you’ll have a different understanding of how things work. Now, that isn’t necessarily a timed served idea its meritocratic, there isn’t fundamentally a correlation between time served and conceptual understanding- you will just understand different things at different times.

Even the broad list of progression above is in no real order, some people may find things out after a few months that some may never figure out. Regardless you keep adding to your game throughout your training career and although it makes sense to say – learn a positional then a submission game, there are no set rules.

What Conceptual Thinking allows you to do is analyse and develop the glue that sticks everything together and it’s this glue which make the difference.

Whether you know 2 techniques or 200 you have to be able to perform them under chaotic situations. Different levels of experience, the size of the person, the positioning of your body to theirs, different reaction times, whether the planets are aligned etc all have a major impact on whether you can execute a certain technique or strategy.

What I hope to do in this Blog is document my conceptual understanding of BJJ and hopefully you’ll help me improve it along the way.

Adam Adshead

www.ConceptualBJJ.wordpress.com

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1. Welcome to Conceptual BJJ October 7, 2007

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This is the first post of a new Blog covering all aspects of Conceptual Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).

What I aim to cover are the intricate idiosyncratic thoughts, theories and concepts in BJJ and submission grappling.

Please drop by every so often, comment on posts and stay safe on the mat.

Adam Adshead

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