The Four Basic Principles Behind the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Journal
The depth of knowledge and wisdom held in BJJ is so vast it sometimes feels like you're lost in a library. Journaling the process helped me track my progress and led me to develop a journal and structure that other people have used too. This is a post introducing the main concepts behind the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Journal.
1. It works for everyone, no matter where you are in your BJJ journey
The journal was originally designed for new students but enthusiasm from advanced students and masters has shown the process works at all levels. I first came up with the idea as a white belt because I was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information input coming from each class. I credit the process of journaling for my progression in BJJ.
2. Building a BJJ game plan
Often, when starting out I would see a technique and forget, or vaguely half remember it. I didn't always understand where and why the technique would fit into a BJJ game plan or when to use it during rolling. It felt like ripping one page out of each book in the library, putting them all together and expecting it to make sense. Disorganised, lost and forgotten information was inevitable.
3. Internalise your technique lessons
If the basic goals of BJJ are to gain a submission via choke or joint lock and control the posture and position of the opponent, I found that I could keep track of the various pages I was taking from the BJJ library through journaling. The lessons and techniques my training partners and professor were giving me were written down and I found I was beginning to 'internalise' my Jiu Jitsu.
4. Be mindful of your success and achievements
Here's what's more important: week after week while rolling I started to observe and analyse the techniques I was using the most and was having the most success with. Gradually I began to grow a game plan, and an appreciation of where each page fits in to the library that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I hope that writing down techniques will help you commit them to memory and understand each step faster. We have created a simple structure in a book you bring to class, one that you can update as soon as your training session ends and the techniques are still fresh in your mind.
I wish you good luck on the mats. Oss