Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others. As a [martial artist] you will of course often watch others practice. When you do and you see strong points in the performance of others, try to incorporate them into your own technique. At the same time, if the trainee you are watching seems to be doing less than his best, ask yourself whether you too may not be failing [in that same area]. Each of us has good qualities and bad; the wise man seeks to emulate the good he precieves in others and avoid the bad.
- Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate,
There is a lot of wisdom in this quote. One part in particular has been enlightening for me – when you see a fighter make a mistake it is easy to criticize instead of checking yourself to see if you too have the same malady. I’ve been told that the faults we possess are easy to see when they are exhibited in others, but elusive in ourselves.
Know yourself. See what is being proven effective. Evolve.
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I know it sounds like Sesame Street when I say it, but I do think Paulo looks a little bit like Oscar the grouch mixed with Bert – its probably his thick eyebrows and huge ears. See evidence about that below.
Back to the point, Paulo’s head and arm choke put Mike Swick to sleep in seconds. We practiced this choke in class today and Thiago shows us a textbook example. He gets the deep underhook on the top arm, passes his wrist on the far side of the neck, shoves the head down, locks the hand in the elbow crease and finishes Mikes’s trip to dream land with a twist of his forearm into the jugular. All of this and he doesn’t even have to leave the opponents half guard. Made me a Paulo fan.
Since I’m a light hearted mood, I’ve chosen an instructional to match. Here’s a link to MMA prankster Mayhem Miller teaching the Darce choke.
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