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22. Off The Mat Pursuits #3 Enjoy other hobbies and activities that will help your BJJ October 28, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in BJJ, Climbing, Conceptual BJJ, Off the mat pursuits.
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Some of the more long term readers of this site will remember my Off The Mat Pursuits series, well its back with – #3 – Enjoy other hobbies and activities that will help your BJJ.

Some people lift weights, do kettle bell, watch hundreds of grappling videos, read books, swim, write blogs, play chess, do yoga, Ginastica Natural and a million other things that will directly help your BJJ training, some without realising it.

So today’s article is based around the idea that other things in your life can transfer over and boost your BJJ game.

I’ve never been one for the gym, so my gym of choice is the local climbing centre. I go once a week and find so many crossovers with grappling. The first is the problem solving element that comes from having to plan routes, figure out problems and also adapt to situations as they arise. For me this aspect of climbing has really developed my thought process on the mat with an increase in a more methodical approach to say guard passing for example. (more…)


21. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ October 23, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Conceptual BJJ, Inspiration, Mahatma Gandhi.
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Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ and after reading that quote attached to a chamomile tea bag, I’ve been interested in how doing such a thing can positively affect the different factions of my life.

In terms of BJJ, I think a useful idea that this quote rouses is the fact that you can set an example and tone that will carry out through the rest of your academy.

If for instance you constantly ramp up the pressure and intensity when you roll, then other people will think it’s acceptable to do the same back. Now, if you’re a coach or senior athlete setting such an example will be magnified – as they say ‘Monkey see, monkey do’.

So if you train at a club where things get a bit too heavy during rolls, then ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ – roll how you want to, don’t be drawn into playing any other way as you’re selling yourself short and only adding to the atmosphere.

I have always been a light, fluid, mobile grappler and I know that by consistently setting such an example, even when I wasn’t a coach, that it helped influence, in some way, the athletes I’ve trained with over the years.

‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ as I’m sure we could all benefit from being more like a grappling Gandhi.

Adam Adshead

Additional inspiration – John Will

20. ‘Grappling is a rubix cube, the tighter you hold it the harder it is to solve’ October 17, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Adam Adshead, BJJ, Conceptual BJJ, Inspiration, Thoughts.

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of attending a friend of mines grappling for MMA classes so I can tweak and add bits to the already stellar coaching.

Apart from being a lot of fun, it has sparked a lot of thoughts about Conceptual BJJ.

The first thought surrounds the idea of using too much strength when you first start grappling. It’s only natural and although it can be difficult to play against, it’s something that people need to get past before their game will open up and progress beyond a basic level.

So this had me thinking on how I could explain the idea of toning down the strength game for the greater good of your grappling and I came up with this:

‘Grappling is a rubix cube, the tighter you hold it the harder it is to solve’

So if you’re coaching or rolling with people with a tendency to go mini-hulk on you,  rather than tackle grappling with a more intelligent outlook, use this analogy. You all know how complex both grappling and doing a rubix cube is and if you try doing either with white knuckles you’ll struggle to get anywhere close to solving the puzzle.

Spread the gospel.

Adam Adshead

19. The Luck Factor – Principle 1 – Maximise your chance opportunites August 1, 2008

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It’s been a long time coming but the first proper installment of The Luck Factor and BJJ is here. Below is the outline on what is covered in the video.

Principle 1: Maximise your chance opportunities.

‘Lucky people create, notice and act upon chance opportunities on and off the mat.’

Sub-Principle 1 – Lucky people build and maintain a strong ‘Network of luck’.

Sub Principle 2 – Lucky people have a relaxed attitude towards life.

Sub-Principle 3 – Lucky people are open to new experiences in their life

*Slight ammendment to the quote in green above from the picture.

Hope you find the video useful, stay tuned for the next one and I look forward to your comments and feedback.

Thanks for watching.

ALL GONE – FREE Tapout T-shirts and VERSUS Posters! July 29, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Conceptual BJJ.

Hey guys,

Thanks to some sponsorship we did for the Faber Vs Pulver WEC fight,

the kind people behind the promotion sent us a bunch of Tapout T-shirts and Versus Fight Posters, which I’m passing onto you guys!

We’ve only got a few left now, but give me a shout if you want one and I’ll hook you up.

Below are the t-shirts being modelled by my Dad.

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Below is the video promoting the next Tapout show, check it out.

Plus news ConceptualBJJ post within days…(Sorry for the lateness)

18. The Luck Factor and BJJ (An Introduction) May 30, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Adam Adshead, BJJ, Conceptual BJJ, Off the mat pursuits, Richard Wiseman, The Luck factor, Thoughts, Video.
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It’s been a while…but I’m back from the future with a new mini-series in the form of video articles.

As promised I’m documenting my interpretations of Prof. Richard Wiseman’s – The Luck Factor, with BJJ.

The first video is an introduction before we get down to the nitty gritty.

The next video with be posted online within a few days and subsequent videos on a weekly basis thereafter.

Thanks for sticking around and emailing me berating me to publish more stuff for ConceptualBJJ.com. Remember, without you guys, I’d just keep all this stuff in my head tightly sealed away forever.

Thanks again,

Adam Adshead

The Luck Factor April 5, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Adam Adshead, Conceptual BJJ, Richard Wiseman, The Luck factor.
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I’m Currently reading a fantastic book called The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman.

The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman

I’ve had the book for absolutely ages and have even seen the TV shows but have only just got round to reading it.

Anyway the book shows you how simple behavioural techniques can help you increase your chances of being lucky, now we’re not talking lucky in terms of winning the lottery but things like maximising on chance opportunities and being positive. Although in principle the ideas presented will help you in your everyday life, I see a massive crossover that could be exploited in BJJ. Therefore as I’m reading the book, I will update you all on my findings and the correlation certain principles have in BJJ.

Stay tuned, I’m working on the first article and I think you’ll find it really interesting.

Adam Adshead

New Contact Email Address March 19, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Adam Adshead, BJJ, Conceptual BJJ.
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MailJust a quick post to let you all know that from now on you can contact me at Info [@] ConceptualBJJ.com

I’ve got round to setting up the account, so if you want to contact me about anything please feel free to drop me a line.

Thanks guys.

Adam Adshead


Nuggets of advice by Aesopian March 13, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Aesopian, BJJ, Conceptual BJJ, Inspiration.
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In absence of time to write a full or partially original entry, I thought I’d post a link to a post which I think every BJJ practitioner/coach and school should adopt.Light bulb

Some what of a cop out but I’ve been sitting on the post for a while and now is a perfect time to share it

Titled ‘Nuggets of advice’ and written by Matt Kirtley (Aesopian) I think once you’ve read it you’ll agree that you should endeavour to adopt at least all of the points he makes.

I’m a big fan of Aesopian and I think this entry sums up his attitude to training which matches mine completely. (In fact I think he stole this article from my brain, although I have no proof)

So enjoy the advice and expect a piece on Guard Passing Vs. Sweeping theory with pretty photos and complex words before Christmas 2009.

Till then,

Adam Adshead

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Something old, something new… March 5, 2008

Posted by Adam Adshead in Adam Adshead, BJJ, Factory BJJ.
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…something borrowed, something blue.

Marrying the old athlete’s with a new venue, under a new name became reality today with the first session at Factory BJJ.

The sparkling blue mats kindly donated by Revolution’s Phil Wright were laid out for the opening session and fun was had by all.

With the small talk out of the way the training began with a Ginastica Natural inspired warm-up .

Ginastica Natural - Factory BJJ

After everyone was warm and with it being the first session we just had a relaxed open mat rolling session. (more…)