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Getting Inspired Before Tonight’s Classes!!! #AdamsonBros #Astoria #nwbjj (at Astoria Column)
Flew in to meet up with my bro in Seattle last night, we trained first thing this morning and hit the road. We’re both feeling so grateful to have so many awesome people in our lives. Beautiful end to an amazing week!! #Japan #Idaho #Astoria #AdamsonBros #jiujitsulifestyle (at Youngs Bay Bridge)
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.
If you are reading this blog than you are much like me, meaning once off the mats you can not get enough Jiu Jitsu. I am guessing that you spend much of your time off the mat reading the latest Jiu Jitsu how to books, watching countless YouTube videos, and or glued to your TV watching the latest DVD. Go ahead raise your hand and scream, “YES”, to all the above. So since we are all in the same self help group, I am gonna say you all fall into the small frustrating snag that I was in until recently, this is why I now take my material with me now.
I have had the fortune to attend numerous seminars in Seaside which feature Rafael Lovato Jr., and have always been pleased by the amount of positional details he provides to his students and attendees. So when I found out that he was releasing an IPhone/IPad application on the ompolata I knew I would have to get it. Taking advantage of the introductory offer I downloaded it as fast as I could. I am using an IPhone 4 to view it and can say that the screen is not to small at all, I imagine that it would blow you away running on an IPad.
I am very impressed with how each technique is set up as a separate chapter so that you can choose which technique you want to view without having to scan or let the instructional run to find what you are looking for. Second the video quality receives a high rating, I would be willing to bet that they spent a great deal of time making sure that they had the perfect distance and frame size, this allows the technique to be shown in great detail as Rafael moves without him falling off the screen or getting to far away to see the details. They were able to integrate an alternate camera angle so that the far side details which usually get blocked where easily and seamlessly added into the clips. At first I thought my phone was giving out because the alternative angle is in a black, grey and white scale, this adds a strong aesthetic feel to the overall production of the app, as well as a cool factor.
If you are a fan of the omoplata or looking to add it to your game I can not recommend this app enough. Rafael breaks each position down into its integral parts and makes it a point to explain why and how each are important to the overall position. Rafael not only addresses the essence of the omoplata but he makes it a point to always keep you focused on grip control as well. I was very pleased to see that Rafael laid out the app so that it flowed from setting up the position, to attacking and sweeping from the position, into defending the position and then lastly numerous options to finish the position.
This app is a great addition to your training material and what better than to have access to the techniques right there in your pocket. If you commute to work on public transportation, spend time waiting for clients or your significant other, or need a quick fix on you lunch break than look no further. My only recommendation would be MORE please, I am looking forward to what the future may bring in the realm of Jiu Jitsu based apps and instructionals.
Check out the link for details from the Apple App store. Cheers Guys!
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Rafael Lovato Jr. talking about his training at Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy!
One of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far has been teaching the values of jiu jitsu to the kids in our community. This last Tuesday we promoted our first orange belts in our kids program. The three boys who were promoted have dedicated years of training with us, I have seen them all develop into great jiu jitsu practitioners. Along with a great jiu jitsu game the biggest changes I’ve noticed have been in their personality and the way they carry themselves. Confidence, self-respect, teamwork, self-discipline, and patience have been just a few of the values these young warriors possess. The future is looking very bright for our young students, and I’m excited to see how they’ll impact our community in a positive way in the future! If you know of a young boy or girl who would be interested in learning jiu jitsu and all its accompanying values, feel free to contact us or bring them in to try out a class. Check out all the photos from the promotions on our BJJ Seaside Facebook fan page under the Flickr tab.
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