Friday, February 17, 2012

You may or may not like it

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.
24 December 2009 @ 05:06 pm

But you still have to deal with it. I was talking to this old guy, he was asking me to coach him while he rolled yet he consistently did not do anything I told him to do. I told him the reason he kept getting passed was because he would not grab the underhook from the bottom. He told me he doesn't like the underhook, he likes overhooks to wrap people up.

I told him you may not like gravity either but you still have to deal with it. That's what the underhook does, it helps you fight that downward pressure and gives you leverage. You may not even like leverage but doesn't mean you go and stop using it? You may or may not like certain techniques but to dislike an idea of concept or a force (like gravity) and choose not to use it to your advantage will keep you at a low level for a very long time.

It's all about concepts. You can know a million techniques, but still the chances of you doing the right technique at the right time are not consistently high. Whereas if you know concepts, you will always do the right technique, according to one of my training partners and life long martial artists.

Slow down your roll, see the concepts in action. Who gets good at golf, chess, even checkers if they play speed golf, speed chess, and speed checkers. You won't see whats going on and won't learn anything. A hard 10 min roll, you will only retain the last 10 seconds where the finish transpired, if there is no finish you won't retain any of it. So a 10 min to 10 sec ratio of learning. That's beyond retarded learning.

I remember a concept from the movie Unforgiven. The deadliest shooter isn't the one who's fastest to pull his gun. It's the one who takes his time, pulls it out, aims and fires and does it right. Because everyone else will miss but he won't. Be a jiu jitsu sniper not a jiu jitsu tommy gun (which were notorious for being inaccurate.)
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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