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From one thing …


‘From one thing know ten thousand things’ – one of my favourite quotes from Miyamoto Musashi’s book on strategy.

Anyone who has drilled down into any subject sufficiently, will undoubtedly have discovered and come to appreciate a set of underlying principals in play. In appreciating these principles, it is then only a small mental leap to appreciate how these same principles may be applied elsewhere.

Hence – to know one thing is to know ten thousand things.

The easiest and most obvious value we can extract from this idea – is to look for what I call the simple migration.

In BJJ training, this is pretty easy; for example if we learn how a single leg take-down works; we ask how this knowledge/understanding might allow us to migrate our understanding into other parts of our game.

Some examples – using a standard single leg as a starting point.

  • The Basic Single

  • De La Riva Guard to Single Leg

  • Single Leg from Z-Guard (knee shield)

  • Single Leg as we escape Side Control with Underhook

  • Single Leg escape from Knee on Belly

  • Single Leg Escape from Mount – via Deep 1/2 Guard

And so on …
Just a way to think of it; using our knowledge of the Single Leg to weave a common thread through a wide range of techniques.

Then there is what I call the complex migration. This is to muse on how we might use our understanding of the Single Leg in the other (non-grappling) aspects of our lives. Eg: an understanding of leverage, importance of process, need for paying attention to detail, etc.

Some have dubbed this type of thinking as ‘existential wank’ … so I shall refrain from further elaboration. But the majority of you will appreciate the idea.

Best wishes all … read Musashi’s Book of Five rings if you have not; a lifetime of deep study right there … one of my very favourites.



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