Posts Tagged ‘fearless_1’

Taking your medicine

March 3, 2016

keep-calm-and-face-your-fears-1I have always referred to training with higher belts, people better than me, or just tough hard session as taking my medicine. It is something I do not look forward to. Often the thought of rolling with some people brings out emotions and thoughts of fear, discomfort, hard work (I’m lazy) . I wonder why at times I feel this way even when I have been able to dominate a person in training before? Well, just like medicine you got to suck it up buttercup and get your daily dose of humble pie. For the most part after most sessions I feel better about it, it makes me a bit tougher, a bit more comfortable at being uncomfortable. But I cannot lie sometimes I’m just inside my own head.  Any of you ever feel this way training? If so, what do you do to battle this mentality? Any tips/ tricks would be gladly appreciated.

-Fearlessbrother

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Mental

November 19, 2015

This is how I feel on my journey right now, mental! Fresh of a frustrating performance from a tournament has me in a place where I am doubting myself and traininglife-love-quotes-the-only-ompossible-journey more than ever. Funny how things have their ups and downs. The last tournament resulted in a win 1-0 in masters division, 2-1 in the adults division. The feelings of joy and confidence and just elation for all hard work. This last tournament 0-2, feelings of insecurities. Funny how some people can put things into perspective. Last comment from my coach and friend simple yet probably true, “Just enter the next tournament and win and you will feel better.” Can’t wait for the opportunity to get out on the mats and ride this roller coaster again!

-Fearlessbrother

BJJ Today!

July 16, 2015

The art of learningjiu how to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is just as much of an art as how to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Being that it is 2015 and with the advancement of communication via social networks and having learning tools available to us has deeply influences this present, my present generation of jiujiteros, advancing the of sharing information, speeding up the learning curve. Thus allowing current practitioners to acquire skills much more rapid pace than ever before. Why is it so many practitioners have to go else where for more additional resources? Why are most schools continuing to teach in such a similar cookie cutter fashion as their teachers had in the past and their teachers before them?

The fact that Jiu Jitsu’s popularity is greater now at this time then ever before I believe that it is critical moment. Our martial art can either grow stronger and we become more united or we can continue to grow and for the sake of growth let our martial art become watered down. It is up to those coming up the ranks now to uphold the standards and to keep it from becoming watered down. We must strive to not only for growth in numbers but in growth in learning how to teach leverage the tools available to us to create pass down something greater than giving to us now.

With all that said what are some different ways or modes, formats of teaching have you seen in BJJ? What can we  do to make it better?

Guard Passing

July 8, 2013

The curious case of Samson Hayilu! How come my blog is all over the place? How come now I am  writing about so many different martial arts? Ok I admit it I am  a martial arts whore, I love it all from the traditional to the contemporary styles, even MMA. Mostly my evolution as a martial artist has lead me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my new girl friend!  So I am just going to be using this blog to get stuff on my mind, to think, and try to understand whatever it is I am thinking I am studying. Don’t take my writing as dogma; my thoughts, my ideas are always changing from one day to another. In addition I am just a white belt so I just might be flat out just wrong…it happens but yea. So  here we go.

Lately I have been focusing on my guard passing. Watching a lot of people  at my gym, online, on instructional etc I have came to the conclusion that there is just way to many freaking guard passes. Even looking at the basic various guard passes such as toreando or cut through passes it seems that everybody has their own variation on how to do it. What I have been trying to do is understand why they are doing what they are doing. Why person x has one grip and person why has another for the same pass. The underlying principles of what is happening, what I am trying to accomplish and my opponent trying to defend.

One of the conclusions I have came to is trying to chain certain passes together and maintaining the same grip for those chained passes. I feel that in doing this it allows me to stay one step ahead of the guarder, giving me the allusion that I am actually faster than I really am by knowing his possible reactions and already having a game plane based on his reactions. Here are  a couple of videos that show this in action.

http://www.graciemag.com/2013/07/gui-mendes-breaks-down-a-grip-that-makes-a-knee-slice-long-step-leg-drag-possible/