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.
Unintended Consequences ...
When we are ‘on mission’ - that is, moving with purpose toward a goal - there are many, many side (precessional) effects. My favourite example (from Buckminster Fuller) is the Honeybee example: the bee, in it’s pursuit of pollen, is the cause (probably unknowingly) of a hugely important side-effect that benefits the world - that is, cross-pollination of flowers - which in turn, creates more flowers - which in turn, allows the bee to collect more pollen … and so it goes. Bottom line is this: the cross-pollination effect is not the reason the bee does it’s thing - it is just a ‘side benefit’ - even though it’s importance may seem almost immeasurable.
As we progress in our BJJ training, the same ‘unintentional’ effects are taking place; both on and off the mat. On the mat- as we work on establishing and maintaining ‘side control’ for example - the precessional effects are many, we learn to make micro-adjustments with weight and learn to focus it where and when it is needed. As we become better at Side Control our partners become better at disallowing it - and so both sides progress. Off the mat we learn that resilience pays off; we learn that things are achieved by focussing attention on the step-by-step process rather than the goal itself; we learn that small gains are very, very important, etc.
The goal might be to win at competition, to achieve the next rank, etc - but the unintended consequences are the real ‘payoff’ … JBW