Confessions of a (BJJ) Nerd

5422dad8b44a21a05f7e41c4ae147c08I’m an avowed, unapologetic, unathletic, autistic nerd.
Last night, I had a very serious talk with my seven year old stepson
about my favorite incarnation of Batman
and what I think would be a better interpretation of the Dark Knight.
I enjoyed the hell out of it. Maybe more than he did.
Like I said, Nerd of Nerds, lifetime commission in the Nerd Corps.

I don’t think it’s any accident that I’m also a Martial Artist.
I’ve come into contact with a quite a few of “us” throughout my years in the Dojo,
most recently in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

If you’re a member of the BJJ Nerd Corps
-you may be the owner of every Victory Belt book
-have watched over 50 DVDs (sets, even)
-spend hours a week on YouTube watching matches and instructionals
-come early stay and stay late for class

If you’ve ascended to the upper echelon,
you know stats on the most successful and unsuccessful techniques
from the major tournaments.

Our kind likes BJJ.
It may be our first time being athletic,
our first time getting acceptance
for our physical acumen,
first time being defined by something more brawn than brain.

We do alright in BJJ,
maybe even better than we thought we’d do,
but we’re not at the top levels.
There is always a level above the Nerds,
the same level that’s forever been above us:
The Athletes (The Apex Athlete being the Wrestler)

They may wear the same rank as us
but they outclass us in skill
(rarely in anything else).
We can slow them down
maybe keep them from passing our guard
or keep from getting tapped
but we hardly ever positionally dominate
or even better, tap them.

We likely have anatomical disadvantages
and sensory processing issues
that hinder our athletic abilities.

We cannot meet
-their speed with our speed
-their strength with our strength
-their endurance with our endurance
So what can we do?

There’s good news.
We don’t have to become them
in order to beat them.

The promise of Martial Arts is that
you can be smaller, weaker, and slower and you can still win.
In other words, you can be the lesser athlete and still win.
If anything, that’s what Royce Gracie showed in UFC.

Yes, we do have to become better athletes
but we what we really need to become
is better Martial Artists.

Let the athletes focus on more athleticism,
let’s focus on Martial Arts,
let’s focus on more skill.

The height of Martial Arts skill
is not in applying force to an opponent,
the height is in redirecting our opponent’s force…
using our opponent’s attack against them.

But we need feel,
we need sensitivity
to exploit our opponent’s attacks.

Unfortunately, Feel isn’t really taught in our Dojos.
It’s purported as a mythic attainment that comes only through
the accrual of years on the Mat.
Years of warming-up, stretching, 3-5 techniques per class
(most of which we never use), rolling 3-5 rounds, and conditioning….
Isn’t there a faster way?
Oh, yes.

Feel doesn’t take years to develop.
Feel is a trainable skill.
Feel is the only hope for the Nerd.

As your fellow nerd,
I offer you Drill to Feel.

Drill To Feel is the first step
in developing the game to beat
all other games.

But many won’t listen…
especially the Meatheads
(who have a little less meat in the head, right (at least, metaphorically)?.
Only nerds have the prescience to be an early adopter.
But Nerds are less easily swayed,
more naturally skeptical.
Not interested in herding sheep-le.

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If what you see resonates with you,
Brother (or Sister) Nerd,
then pick up Drill to Feel.
Devour it (cognitively),
apply it (actively)
and you’ll feel (somatically and affectively)
so much better
because your (grappling) “feel” will be so much better!