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10. Question not what you know, but your reason for questioning. November 19, 2007

Posted by Adam Adshead in BJJ, Chess, Conceptual BJJ, Existentialism, Inspiration, Martial Arts, Thoughts.
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I was watching the Simpsons in Spanish the other day (yes, I do that kind of thing sometimes) and it got me thinking that even though my Spanish is weak that I could still understand what was going on because of the context of the situation.

Even without any knowledge of the Simpsons or of Spanish, because of the brain’s ability to adapt, second guess, assume and fill in the gaps you could watch a whole episode and be able to tell someone what had gone on.

To a degree the foundations of animation and the structure of children’s TV aid that ability massively. For instance, you can watch any kids TV show and there will be an edit/cut every second or so to keep the kids attention focused.

In terms of training I think that people worry way too much about trying to answer every physical question (i.e. a successful sweep) with an opposing answer. (i.e. retaining position/guard)

Obviously you want to do well but if you get swept, passed or submitted a lot of people think that it’s because you haven’t got the right answers, when actually it might just be that the other person had an unanswerable question with their positioning, foresight, ability and/or experience. (more…)

8. In the spider web of facts, many a truth is strangled. October 20, 2007

Posted by Adam Adshead in BJJ, Chaos theory, Chess, Conceptual BJJ, Inspiration, Martial Arts, Thoughts.
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Spider web

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I was sat in the garden yesterday and I saw the most inspiring piece of natural engineering, a spider web.

It was fairly big but the astounding part was the mechanics of how it must have bridged this gap between my fence and the side of my house. I’m not the most technically minded person but I really struggle to envisage how a tiny spider could make such an effective trap over two distant points.

This got me thinking how it relates to BJJ and remarkably it does.

Everyone knows what a spider web looks like but what struck me about this web were all the little extra bits that the spider needed to construct to keep the web functional and effective – little off shoots and structures to keep everything together.

It’s these extra bits which really define whether the web survives or not and it’s the extra bits of your game which determine if you’ll survive something more deadly than wind and rain and that is change. (more…)

7. Can having holes in your socks help your training? October 16, 2007

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toe

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Have you ever looked down at your one of you socks and wondered why one had a hole in and the other didn’t? Or subsequently that the said hole was created by your toe to escape?

If not then you obviously don’t have a very vivid imagination, jovial ambiguity or maybe you just don’t have holes in your socks. The point I’m making is that sometimes it’s worth looking at things from a different angle and not assuming that the obvious is the right or wrong answer.

Guided by opulence and a hunger for shiny techniques a lot of athlete’s magpie themselves whole arsenals of submissions, sweeps, combinations, throws etc which is great but the problem is that athletes can then train with Negative attachment. What I’m talking about is that almost all athletes at one time or another roll, spar and sometimes even drill with this ominous cloud of negativity and without knowing it this pervasive mindset can severely affect your training. (more…)

6. Jaguar vs. Anaconda (No spoilers) October 16, 2007

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Jaguar

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6. Jaguar vs. Anaconda

I stumbled across the clip below on Youtube whilst looking for another clip of an Anaconda constricting its prey. The reason for such a search was because my earliest conceptual idea for BJJ came whilst watching a wildlife show. (more…)

5. From Gary Coleman to Garry Kasparov October 9, 2007

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Garry Kasparov

Although Gary Coleman might be inspirational for some, if we’re talking BJJ – a great inspiration for me is Garry Kasparov.

Kasparov epitomises everything that a good grappler should be. His intellectual prowess, the way he played chess and his prolonged dominance over his peers – was and still is truly inspirational.

It’s not just him as a person but the game of chess on a whole which draws so much inspiration. BJJ concepts like Patience points, Tidal movement, 90% positions, Red herrings and calculated sacrifice (See the concepts page.) are all straight out of the chess arena and translate neatly into a conceptual BJJ game.

So it only seems fitting that we as BJJ aficionados take influence and reference from arguably the greatest player of all time, playing the most intellectual game ever invented. (more…)