During conversation, with Mr Norton on the way back from the ACT, it was interesting to hear how technical BJJ is compared to the other martial arts where there are only a finite number of techniques. In BJJ there are literally thousands of them and the number is still growing. Who would have ever thought this was going to happen when inventing this art?
I often tell people this is my back up art to what I already know. In the true spirit of martial arts it’s all about seeking new challenges and ways. All martial arts are challenging but BJJ can get quite intricate which requires the mind to be fully engaged. If martial arts were that simple then there would be a lot more people doing them. This is what separates us from the norm making us special in a certain way.
Going back to grass roots is always an interesting thing. Mr Norton and I were going over the basic knife hand block and back stance in a carpark one evening (Richard never forgets his routes). Proof to students that Instructors do get around to discussing the simplest techniques. Furthermore, I spent a whole 2 weeks with Richard going over and over a basic guard pass (lesson 101), picking up more and more detail of the technique each time. IT'S LIKE A NEVER ENDING STORY!
Kickboxing, when first coming on the scene, was quite primitive. Getting on the floor today with Sensei Urquidez and Mr Norton will certainly convince anyone it is as technical as any other martial art, if not, more. What makes masters of these arts is the way they do it effortlessly. That takes time, dedication, enthusiasm and a lot of work.There's really no finishing line to cross in the martial arts.
Looking forward to seeing Mr John Will over the weekend. Should do around 8 hours of training and 4 cups of coffees with him.