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The Oregon Coast is underrated! #nofilter #oregon #bestkeptsecret #nw #adamsonbros (at Rockwork Historic Highway Site)
The Open Ocean was amazing! It only took me an hour to get sea sick:) #nw #thegoodlife #sundayfunday #adamsonbros (at Youngs Bay)
Invisible Jiu Jitsu. I heard this term for the first time about a year and a half ago on the Fightworks Podcast when they were interviewing non other than Rickson Gracie. Since that time I have heard it come up a few other times but most people never address it or speak of it, why you say, well because many might simply say, what the hell is it. I believe like most metaphysical things that one can not touch, hear, smell or see it with there own senses, that it is up to the individual to determine what “IT” is.
I liken it to an analogy which involves sports highlights. Stay with me here for a minute. It came to me as I was catching a ESPN top ten greatest plays, you know the ones where Lebron spins through 5 guys from 20 feet out and with his back turned to the basket falling in the opposite direction, without looking puts the ball up, over, and between two 7 foot tall defenders and into the basket for two and usually an and 1 or the receiver who shakes the relentless defensive back only to have to leap into the air moving in the opposite direction as the ball, reaches back across his body one handed bringing the ball in by his fingertips, than manges to spot the landing, which is a quarter of an inch from the side line, reverse his momentum to stay in bounds, get his feet underneath him and gracefully at near unimaginable speed burst down the sideline into the endzone for 6.
Many might say, wow what luck that was that those guys pulled that off, I say luck had nothing to do with it. It was body awareness, and countless hours of drilling, YES there is drilling outside of Jiu Jitsu. I am gonna start with the drilling concept first. Drilling as monotonous as it may be refines technique, creates muscle memory, strengthens muscles and coordination, speeds up timing and improves your overall flow. All these benefits or added attributes gained from drilling increases your body awareness. What I mean by body awareness is knowing where you are at any given moment during the rolling session. An example might be knowing where you want your weight, grips, and leverage weather you are in the guard, playing guard, or even inverted. It is not enough to not only know where you are at any given moment but more importantly where you are going to be next, whether this is by your intentions or that of your training partner or opponent.
I believe that as your technique develops and grows so will your Jiu Jitsu vision, seeing the invisible by feeling the invisible. As you continue to drill your technique either by solo, partner or flow drills you will not only see and feel what “IS” there, you will be able to see, sense and feel the gaps which are not visible to the eye because it those spaces are ingrained into you higher conscious from countless hours of drilling and training, the same way the basketball player can put the ball into the air with his back turned the basket with confidence seeing what he cannot physically see because he knows where his body is at that given moment in relation to his teammates, his opponents and the objective.
Something that works for me and may not be for you, is to roll from time to time with my eyes closed. This drill forces me to flow and makes it so that I can not react to what is visible and instead I can only react to what is felt at that specific moment. I am able to feel the opponents weight and balance, I know when they are going to move or shift, so that I can be a head of them in the loop. For me invisible Jiu Jitsu is seeing those parts or unseen gaps in the art which can only be anticipated and felt. This is something that I will continue to develop throughout my Jiu Jitsu journey. My money says that through drilling and more drilling, with a side of drilling for added effect you will develop your own meaning of invisible Jiu Jitsu and at the very least become a monster on the mats.
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Rafael Lovato Jr. talking about his training at Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy!
As the end of 2010 winds to an end, we like to take some time to reflect on some of the accomplishments that have stood out. In a way each year holds new and exciting changes for everyone and 2010 was no exception. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we’ve all experienced.
* Promotions for the students in our adult Jiu-Jitsu classes. Blair Hedrick became our first women to achieve the yellow belt. Galen Grudnick earned the blue belt; Jess Vaughan earned his purple belt, and Instructors Nate and Zach Adamson were promoted to brown belt.
* Promotions for the students in our kids Jiu-Jitsu classes. Namely, Chance Giguere moved to Yellow Belt. Also, Duncan Fenison, Luke Verley, and Travis Jonsson were promoted to Orange Belt.
* The addition of the Alpha Strike Team kickboxing program.
* The all new Womens UltraFit Boot Camp program.
* Another awesome seminar with Assoc. Instructor Rafael Lovato Jr., as well as having our training partners and team mates from Eugene come to train with us.
* Rafael Lovato Jr. wins his first No-Gi Black Belt World Championship. Rafael and Justin Rader became the first instructor/student combination to win the No-Gi Worlds.
* Student Eric Gerdes is the first student from our academy to win the No-Gi World Championships.
* Instructor Zach Adamson becomes a two-time National finalist.
* The Inaugural Academy Christmas Party for our staff, students, members and friends.
* The launch of our new website (orbjj.com). The addition of an academy blog for students as well as our Womens UltraFit Bootcamp blog. We also added tons of new photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube, and a twitter feed to keep in better contact with our members.
We are very pleased with all the improvements we’ve been able to make this year. Although we are prouder of the goals and dreams our instructors, students and friends have been able to accomplish. This has been a monumental year for us and we’d like thank you all for being apart of it. As you read this hopefully you start to think of all the awesome things 2011 will bring. Happy Holidays family!