Engage in the conversation of Jiu Jitsu. All too often we see one athlete trying to force their game on their opponent, or conversely hunkering down permanently into defense positions. These tactics are the equivalent of shouting at the top of your lungs, or refusing to acknowledge another person in order to dominate and “win” an argument. Instead when we train Jiu Jitsu we should engage in the conversation!! Just like in an exchange of ideas, in Jiu Jitsu we learn significantly more about ourselves and Jiu Jitsu and our opponents by allowing exchanges of technique and position to take place. Playing the game is why you are here!! So play, learn, have fun, be vulnerable, attack, let go, attempt submissions, give up positions, explore, etc. If you cannot engage in grappling with humility and a desire to engage in “exchange of ideas” then you will be limited to aspect of Jiu Jitsu you already know, the thoughts you already think, and you will plateau. So open your mind, let your ego die a little, and have fun engaging in the complex and rewarding physical dialogue of Jiu JitsuRead More
On Wednesday’s at Impact Albuquerque it’s Women’s Night. What does this mean? It means that we are running our regular weekly classes, but during which all of our female grapplers (and those female grapplers, or even potential grapplers from throughout the community) show up to train with one another specifically. We believe in all people’s training together gives us a well needed understanding of reality. However, we also believe that finding and training with individuals that are as similar to your own self in term of size, weight, strength, experience, etc. as possible is equally valuable in terms of identifying and solving the similar problems that you’ll inevitably face. At Impact we support our whole family, the different groups that make up that family, and all the individuals that make up each element of our community. So tonight, is our women’s night to make sure they get time to train and work with their peers, amidst regularly scheduled classes, and workshop their skills together. See you on the mats ladies!