Friday, February 17, 2012

Filling in the Gaps

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
04 March 2009 @ 10:02 pm

The thing I had been trying to put into words that my friend and training partner Pilot Mike put so eloquently is the term, "filling in the gap."

Each academy will have a curriculum that they teach, and its a guideline, being wide and varied enough for every student to get useful information, and lots of options. But the thing is because it is a guideline it will never be specific just for you. There are too many variables. So like all subjects, when you major in it, you get the main ideas and building blocks from the class. But it is up to you, the individual to fill in the gap between the blocks to make it all work seamless for you. When there are gaps between the blocks, your game will never look smooth and seamless.

How do you fill in the gap? Lots of research, watching tapes, talking to your instructor, figuring stuff on your own, and trying to apply it in class, getting input, refining, more research. Observation, hypothesis, experiments, results, analysis, and retrials and errors.

Your ability to fill in the gaps will make the difference between jiu jitsu player and jiu jitsu master.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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