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.
‘From one thing know ten thousand things’ - one of my favourite quotes from Miyamoto Musashi’s book on strategy.
Anyone who has ‘drilled down’ into any subject sufficiently, will undoubtedly have discovered and come to appreciate a set of underlying principals in play. In appreciating these principles, it is then only a small mental leap to appreciate how these same principles may be applied elsewhere.
Hence - to know one thing is to know ten thousand things.
The easiest and most obvious value we can extract from this idea - is to look for what I call the ‘simple migration’.
In BJJ training, this is pretty easy; for example if we learn how a single leg take-down works; we ask how this knowledge/understanding might allow us to ‘migrate’ our understanding into other parts of our game.
Some examples - using a standard single leg as a starting point.
- The Basic Single
- De La Riva Guard to Single Leg
- Single Leg from Z-Guard (knee shield)
- Single Leg as we escape side control with underhook
- Single Leg escape from Knee on Belly
- Single leg Escape from Mount - via Deep 1/2 Guard
And so on …
Just a way to think of it; using our knowledge of there Single Leg to weave a common thread through a wide range of techniques.
Then there is what I call the ‘complex migration’. This is to muse on how we might use our understanding of the Single Leg in the other (non-grappling) aspects of our lives. Eg: an understanding of leverage, importance of process, need for paying attention to detail, etc.
Best wishes all … read Musashi’s Book of Five rings if you have not; a lifetime of deep study right there … one of my very favourites.