When being under stress is beneficial

What is it about martial arts which involve a struggle between the internal (against yourself/memory/timing/instinct/courage/fear/stress, etc.) and the external (your training partner/their skill/ movement/knowledge/the unknown/the unpredictability, etc.) that attracts us? Others may discover this struggle via yoga, lifting weights, learning a new skill and having to take an examination, etc. but nothing quite replicates and authenticates this experience via a …

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Reflections on the weekend

Over the last weekend two of my Jiu Jitsu clients took part in a Malaysia’s largest and most attended BJJ competition held in Paradigm Mall. I suppose you can consider this to be the Nationals with all major BJJ academies taking part. Short story, one came back with the Gold medal and the other lost by points in the first …

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It’s not what you see, it’s what you feel

Of late, I’ve been working to improve my perception of pressure, angles and timing, not in that order but focused on those elements. When I embarked on this jiu jitsu adventure my approach to learning like many other beginners were focused primarily on the visual, strength and speed. I saw what my mind wanted me to see, becoming myopic on …