Thread: Aesopian's Acceptance Speech
1/29/2007 7:52pm, #1
Aesopian's Acceptance Speech
Even though Aesopian is currently injured and probably going to have to have surgery to fix the problem, he is still writing material for his blog. This piece is something I think a lot of you will find interesting, and you can perhaps add to it here. I'm going to loosen up a little with my moderation of this thread, but if you post something completely worthless, I will still own you.Originally Posted by Aesopian"No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
1/29/2007 7:56pm, #2
I suggest you read it from the original link, but I went ahead and quoted it anyway. Here's the part that I feel is most relevant to me:
Find a good training partner
I don't have one right now. At my old school, I could pull almost any blue belt aside and say "hey, want to work on [insert technique or series]?" There would be an enthusiastic "yes" to this question, and usually we'd get help from our coach. My current coach is more than happy to help, but I've found very few likeminded individuals (i.e. people who spend more than 20 minutes a week thinking of BJJ outside of class) here. I am really missing this aspect of training."No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
1/29/2007 9:58pm, #3
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
It's funny how I related to what was written in Aesopian's piece. It's not like I have tons of bjj experience, but a year and a half has passed since I started this road and I've experienced a lot.
Bjj has helped me regain physical stability after a bad patch in life and with the physical comes the mental and next thing I know, I'm well balanced again. It was another life experience for me and for that I'm always willing to share my experience to anyone who's not bored to death by listening to me, just so as they too can achieve balance and well being. (DAMN, I SOUND NEW AGE)
I remember the doubts, the "I can't do that" days and now I feel like I'm capable of doing anything when I put my mind on it, physical training will do that to you believe me.
I guess ego is the first thing to go out the door the minute you start practicing. There are so many lessons in humility that you learn troughout practice (and still do), while drilling, training or sparring...so if you're a smart person, after a while, you'll simply let everything go and focus on your development...and if that means getting choked a lot or armbared until you build a game, so be it. I'm all for the roman mentality, incorporate your enemies in the empire and make them romans, you'll learn from them and grow stronger, so if that guy kicks your ass a lot of times, learn what he's doing and make it your own.
****, I'm pretty much repeting what Aeso said...
I thought I was fortunate to have my best friends coming to train with me, but then life and lazyness came along, so now they just come up with weird stories not to train. I have a really good blue belt who helps me a lot, but because I'm a lot heavier I don't get that much out of sparring with him. I do morning practice and there arent a lot of people to spar with, but we get all the attention of our instructor which is cool. There are bad and good things in my practice, but since the good are more then the bad, I consider this a excelent experience.
1/29/2007 11:32pm, #4
- Join Date
- Jun 2006
- Covington, WA
As a white belt, I can relate to many of the comments directed at... well, white belts. I've also found that keeping a training log has helped retain techniques, although I'm becoming increasingly concerned that I might be retarded.
I can also relate to the comments about being an optimist. All this talk about ego has made me laugh, because BJJ has been extremely hard on mine. I'm at zero risk of becoming an ego guy or a douchebag (well, ****, I may be a douchebag, but I don't think so). It's so easy to suck, and difficult to be good. But I've learned to enjoy my successes and my failures, and try to learn from both.
1/30/2007 12:12am, #5Originally Posted by Garbanzo Bean"Keep a sharp knife, shiny boots and be on time."
1/30/2007 12:54am, #6
I've got an excellent training partner - one of the brown belts from my club. We've both been working on the same technique and are able to drill it, compare notes etc every chance we get and as such we're both getting a lot better at it.
It's amazing to me but there are other high ranked guys who either get discouraged when something doesn't work and so stop doing it (even though they can see it's value) and/or they are so competitively minded that they won't allow their partners to drill properly. Last weekend was a good example where myself and two browns were trying to drill a certain style of passing. But one of the guys would try every other guard he could to stop the passing instead of giving his opponent a chance to work the pass. He managed to sweep me at one point and I said to him "You used a lot of tard to pull that off" and his reply was "But I had to". The thing is, he didn't have to. It wasn't about winning, it was about giving our opponent a chance of working a particular pass and providing him with problems. But this guy couldn't see that or gets so caught up that his competitive urge takes over.
Another training partner is excellent and will say "Let's go light" but within seconds the match is going the speed of light because he's also very competitive.
So I'm going to stick with training with the one guy, and continue to learn and get better, and most importantly, enjoy my training.
1/30/2007 1:33am, #7
Another vote for excellent training partners making a huge difference in your understanding of the jits. Good training partners are worth their weight in gold. If you're lucky enough to find someone who has a similar style to yours and strives to be technical, then train with them as often as you can. You'll be surprised at how much better you can get with his feedback, and vice-versa.
I now have two like this and am feeling as rich as Croesus.Shut the hell up and train.
1/30/2007 1:45am, #8
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- Sep 2004
What did he injure and when did he do it?
1/30/2007 1:48am, #9
1/30/2007 1:49am, #10Originally Posted by AesopianShut the hell up and train.