Jiu Jitsu Notes is simply a place to put all the notes that I have been gathering during my Jiu Jitsu journey.

When I first started Jiu Jitsu in 2010 I immediately recognized the complexity of “The Gentle Art.” Immediately I started printing off articles, watching videos and taking notes in order to better understand the art form.

After a couple of years I realized that I wasn’t properly retaining the info I was learning from my instructors and needed to find a way to better organize my thoughts.

By chance I had spent some serious time also studying poker for several years. I found a way to utilize the method that poker players study poker hands and to apply these ideas loosely to Jiu Jitsu (not to worry there is no math involved :).  Poker Players use the term “Hero” (as in you) and “Opponent” (as in your training partner). I adopted these terms in hopes to keep the ideas simple and understandable. Additionally I shortened words like Left or Right with a simple “L” or “R.” Often I will use a symbol like -> to simply indicated that a a part of a body like hand or a foot is moving “to” a certain area. These abbreviations and others helped me to write down the moves quickly after training.

And so now after training sessions I am able to write down the technical sequence of moves that my instructors teach me. Most importantly later when I refer to my notes I understand the material that I have written down. This provides for an excellent quick refresher just before class in the hopes of remembering how to apply the techniques to my Opponents.

This has been very beneficial for me and therefore my Jiu Jitsu knowledge is much clearer then before.

So why start this blog? Well I want to compile all of my notes in one place in a digital format for reference. I call the binder where I have my notes stored my “Jiu Jitsu Bible.” Unfortunately though after all the work I have done I realized that I would be devastated if it got damaged or lost. So because of this I have been searching for a way that I can have everything in one spot. I have tried putting the notes in Google Docs but this seems clunky. I also want to be able to add video links and take pictures to help clarify the moves.

Hopefully these notes will help other Jiu Jitsu Practitioners in a few ways. First if someone is working on a move they can simply print out or copy the instruction for that move and refer to it at any time. Second maybe they can use these ideas as a template and either improve or modify their notes to make more sense of them to use in the future.

Okay here is my disclaimer. I personally am just a recreational Jiu Jitsu practitioner. There are far more knowledgeable people all around the world that I respect and learn from and you should to.

Anything that is used here must be taken with a grain of salt (so to speak) as there are many ways to move and execute in Jiu Jitsu. I am by no means an authority. Secondly Jiu Jitsu is a ‘contact’ sport and injuries do happen. Even though Jiu Jitsu is called “The Gentle Art” it is often anything but gentle. Injuries do happen so be warned. Tap early and tap often.

Anyhow I hope this is a useful Blog for those in the Jiu Jitsu community that need a way to organize their thoughts and learn new moves.