Those who know me know I’m a huge fan of Ryron Gracie’s Keepitplayful philosophy, not just in training jiu jitsu but in life in general but recently, incidents have been happening around the gym that made me decide to conduct a jiujitsu experiment.
Martyn has often sited this Marcelo Garcia video when encouraging people to go harder more often. Go harder might be a bad description. I think he wants people to simply give their all. Leave their hat on the mat and all that jazz.
But I recently saw this meme about science:
And I decided that what I was doing was not scientific. I wasn't playing with the variables enough. I was using the same gear all the time.
And other more personal reasons. I’m quite fed up of people clearly seeing that I’m going at the 10th of their speed yet still whacking things on just to say they caught some purple belt.
You can only say “dude chill, class started 10 minutes ago and you’re already trying to fly-armbar past my seated guard!” so many times before you lose your fucking zen.
I don’t care about getting caught and happily tap quickly, often and early but I’m sick of people taking their work / life issues out on my elbows and shoulders or deciding all is fair once the bell goes.
So for a couple of months, I’m going to roll balls (or at least groin guard) to the wall. Every round. Every session.
As soon as I get the chance to stand up, I’m standing up.
As soon as I get a chance to hurt you, imma hurt you.
Tap early my friends. It’s nothing personal. I just want to take your limbs home.
ZHOO ZHITSU IS FOR EVERYONE!
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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