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.
The Mongoose don't care ...
The mongoose is extraordinary in that it is resistant to snake venom. Hence it is able to win in a fight with it’s, otherwise deadly adversary, the Cobra.
The mongoose developed it’s resistance during a long co-evolutionary arms-race with the cobra. As the cobra developed n increasingly potent venue, so too did the mongoose adapt (through the process of natural selection) and develop it’s own anti-venom defences.
The mongoose could only have developed it’s defenders by sharing it’s environment with the cobra - as they both co-evolved.
On the mat, we have a similar evolutionary forces at work (albeit on a much, much faster time scale). The more techniques we ban (e.g.: IBJJF rules bans heel-hooks, Judo rules bans grabbing the legs, etc) the more susceptible we are when we do eventually face these things.
If we want to develop a resistance/defence to heel-hooks, we can only do this by allowing them in our natural/everyday environment.
A constant push toward anti-fragility is the way forward; of we want to evolve as robust martial artists.