Musings, ponderings and various observations on the intersection of BJJ/Martial arts training and the living of life. I have no inclination toward either political correctness or correct spelling. This blog, such as it is, remains fundamentally an unfiltered gush of thought ... both raw and unpolished.
First ideas are very often the best ones –
at least it has been so in my experience. On the mat for example (or in martial
arts in general), we come up with a fundamental idea – if it works, we try it
again and again, transmuting it, over time, into a real and dependable skill. But
then we do something funny, we tend to try to expand on the idea by coming up
with variations on it – sometimes we try out variations in an effort to improve
on the original idea, but often we come up with variations as a means of
entertaining ourselves (or others). This of course, can be an interesting
exercise, but again, in my experience, that the original idea usually turns out
to be the most ‘sound’, the most ‘dependable’ – the one that offers the highest
probability for survival when we are really put to the test.
I think most martial arts systems start out
built around one or two very basic ideas – then over time – they become overly
convoluted and evolve into rambling structures that consist of many a weird and
winding ‘rabbit hole’.
In technology though, this endless
experimental expansion seems to bear more and more fruit – the i-phone is
clearly better than the two cans joined by a length of string. So something
else is at work there – but with evolution (of any kind) there also comes a
cost. It’s not all ‘upside’. I look around me and see people eating at a table
nearby – and four out of five are on their phones, checking their Facebook
pages and texting no doubt – rather than just ‘being’ there with their friends.
It all comes at a cost.
And so it is too with ideas. With food –
the shift from organic (self gathered) to farmed and bought in a supermarket –
convenient – oh yes – but there is a cost.
I often like to return the core idea of a
thing – I like to see where the idea came from, before it evolved into
something much more complex and (sometimes) over-embellished. And often (for me)
it is when I return the original ‘core idea’ of a thing – that I can mush more
easily transfer it (as a model) or overlay it onto another piece of
subject-matter – and kick off another entangled learning experience.
I havn’t said it as well as I could have –
not much sleep last night – but I trust you get the idea.