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18 April 2010 @ 01:46 pm
Invisible Jiu Jitsu or Forgotten Jiu Jitsu  
Lately a lot of people have been advertising invisible Jiu Jitsu. And after thinking about it a lot, and speaking to people like Henry Akins, I think invisible Jiu Jitsu is just forgotten Jiu Jitsu. It's all the little details that our instructors teach us, that we just forget over time. Which is natural. Whether you write it down, rep it a bunch, we can only retain so much.

A way to get a grip, a way to grab the collar, a way to control their hips. And as people get their black belts, they all put their own spin, their own unique twists on Jiu Jitsu.

It's like taking the Mona Lisa, and then a really great artist, hand copies it. Then another great artist, hand copies that. And after a while, it may still look good because it's made by good hands, but maybe it doesn't look so much like the Mona Lisa anymore. Or maybe it looks like her, unless you look close. This is what probably happened to a lot of martial arts.

Our ability to retain the basic principles and details will determine our ability to master the invisible. It's invisible because we are doing the shit the other person forgot right? Or their instructor forgot to teach for that matter.
blazeheliotropicfire on April 19th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
It IS all in the details. I have a notebook I write technique in after class (which I haven't done lately) and I was reading through it this weekend and realized there are so many details I have "forgotten"...

How do we remedy this?!?!
Samangrygrappler on April 19th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
quit taking notes lol. BJJ is a visual art. unless you are going to draw pictures, notes will not help.
Marco E Castaneda DCMarco E Castaneda DC on August 16th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Note Taking
Of course you SHOULD note-take. Even if BJJ were a "visual" ("only" or primarily) art and not a kinesthetic ( < Gk. Kinesthenai, to move > ~thesia, sense of weight, motion, balance)art, you would still do well to process the information in as many modes as possible. (And esp., in your preferred learning mode or style!). You don't get thru graduate school by deciding you're just going "look at the pictures." :) Similarly, you do not get to an advanced level (depth) of understanding by processing only in one or a few preferred modalities. Check out the Einstein Factor if you are interested in exploring how to up your learning rate. Not a quick fix in there, but good material. Nice Blog, liked the vids too. Keep up the fine work, and DO note take (record, or whatever else helps you process the info) ;-) - DrC