Friday, December 28, 2007
Each sweep of course, is different, and each has it’s own key-points that make or break it. But there are several things that are common to most sweeps and among the most important of these is ‘grips’.
Usually, when the fight goes to ‘Guard’, there is a scramble/fight for dominant hand-position. In simplistic terms, the person who achieves the grip[s they need, gets to advance forward in their strategy. Ie: if the person passing the guard gets the grips he/she needs, they advance to the next stage of their strategy – they begin to execute their ‘pass’. But likewise, the same applies to sweeps; if the person ‘playing guard’ gets the grips he/she needs, they in turn can advance in their strategy and begin the execute their sweep. The rule is a simple but profound one – grips first then sweep: grips first then pass. Only one person can win this grip-war; it is akin to a coin toss. One wins – and that person advances with their strategy. So when working a particular sweep it is vitally important to become clear on the grips you need to make the sweep work; and then diligently work (whilst grappling) toward attaining these grips before the opponent gets his ‘passing grips’. Start today – get a grip!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Once we have squared away this need, the next in line is almost the exact opposite – a little uncertainty. Some excitement, something that appeals to our ‘inner child’; this is one of the main reasons people take up sports and embark on adventures; these things provide us with excitement born out of a sense of uncertainty.
Beyond these things, most of us want to feel that we are ‘significant’ in some way. We want to achieve. We feel a need to be acknowledged for our uniqueness.
When this uniqueness is acknowledged by another (whose uniqueness we in turn acknowledge) we sometimes find ‘love’. Love is a fundamental human need that can surpass all others when conditions are right.
If all of the above needs are being met, we will most likely yearn for some sense of ‘improvement’ or ‘growth’. Most of us feel the need to ‘aspire’, ‘move forward’, and improve the ways in which we connect with the world around us.
Lastly, one of the most important of human needs, is a quiet, (gentle nagging) insistence that we feel from within – the need to ‘contribute’. ‘Give something back’, we often hear successful people say.
For me, my martial arts training has always been in complete congruence with this philosophy of 'needs'. The confidence I earned from my training, took me from a place of uncertainty to a place of certainty. It also provided the next need – a little excitement. The chaos of fighting spoke deeply to my inner child. My achievements within the martial arts field gave me a sense of significance. Through such significance, I met the love of my life – and married her. The martial arts have inspired me to adopt an attitude of ‘excellence’ – I have applied this thinking to most areas of my life and been the better for it. Finally, I have more of a connection than ever before, with the nagging need to ‘give something back’ – providing others with what they need and want is something the universe seems to greatly approve of.
The martial arts journey is a journey of self-discovery and growth. I cannot recommend it highly enough. A deep connection to training provides me with a deep connection to life. Get connected.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Have a great Christmas and a great start to 2008!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Brian just won the biggest grappling comp in north America, grapplers Quest. he tapped his way confidently through his division and take out gold in true style. Congratulations brian, on a wonderful achievement. I look forward to catching up again in '08! Best regards,
Friday, December 21, 2007
Craig is one of the most 'club-minded' people in the school. His work with the intermediate students has been exemplary. It was a very proud moment for me when I presented him with the coveted rank. Well deserved Craig - a huge congratulations from myself and the rest of the students at Black Belt Studios.
John Will 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The new paradigm could perhaps replace the old warning with the words “Beyond here – there be knowing”. There is, at this point, no stopping us. Think on all those people, who at one time or another, must have not given the dragons a second thought. It is those people who have pushed mankind ever upward, ever onward.
Friday, December 14, 2007
A lot of people leap at the chance to make new years resolutions; this represents a chance to ‘start over’; a chance to re-define who they are and how they act in the world. To that, I ask this – WHY WAIT?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I suppose at one time, as a mildly disturbed youth, I did rebel for rebellions sake alone. Now though, my departure from the mainstream is a result of being in strong disagreement with the direction that the larger portion of society seems to be taking.
As children, and perhaps to some degree as adults, we are strongly influenced by the opinions and actions of others. Again, I hark back to our ancient genetic hardwiring that says if we are ‘familiar’ to the tribe, then we are accepted into the tribe and the chances of our survival are greatly improved. Ten thousand years ago, if we were outcast from the tribe, an imminent death would be the most likely result. And still today, we have powerful forces at work within that tell us to walk in the same direction that all the others are walking; we feel the need to speak the same, dress the same, undergo the same rituals … be like everyone else.
I just can’t do it. I’ve tried. It hurts!
In looking around at the world today, it becomes clear to me that I cannot accept the norm. Particularly, when I notice that the norm is: hard work for little pay, bad diet, obesity, illness, divorce, tooth decay and early death. I don’t mean to sound morbid – but seriously, who in their right mid, would choose to live such a ‘normal’ existence? Not this ‘upstart’.
I cut the puppet strings long ago. I still refuse to dance to the tune of society’s opinion and am happier, healthier, wealthier and more fulfilled for it.