Sunday, August 21, 2011

Chiefs to Indians Ratio

We have all heard the term, "too many chiefs and not enough Indians." So what does that mean to us? You could be in a situation where you have too many people giving you their opinion on what you should be doing, how you should be doing it, what your problems are, etc. Who do you trust? Why do they all have opinions? It could be higher belts, training partners, to instructors. Everyone's trying to help, but there is only one you, and too many of them. This sounds like an ideal situation but it's not always the case. You need one voice you can completely trust.

Someone recently told me it's like this. You need a strong foundation in whatever you do. Artist, painter, or chef. If you are a chef, someone needs to teach you how to cook. Once you learn, you can have all these different people teach you how to do many different flavors, all the flavors in the world. But if you never learned how to cook, no one taught you, and now all these people are teaching you their flavors, you can flavor your food any way you want and it may fool some people, but eventually someone will get sick.

There are many people who get very far in BJJ, they know a lot of moves and finishes but they don't know Jiu Jitsu. I know some people who are a master of one move, but they don't do jiu jitsu, until they get that move it's a whole ugly mess and then bam they slap on their move and finish. Sure they caught you, but that finish was the only jiu jitsu utilized in the whole roll.

You can have lots of people show you how to season that steak, but especially early on you need that one person teach you how to perfect grill a steak.

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