Earlier this year, I thought it’d be an interesting experiment to start drawing concept or mind maps for BJJ. Last week, I finally got a white board and tonight I took my first crack at sketching.
This map is made up of four large sections: guard, top, escapes and passing. The red arrows represent the general flow and objective between them. Within these sections are the main positions I use or find myself in. These are connected by lines that show the most common transitions. Notes are in blue.
My plan is to reevaluate and redraw the map each week or month. It’ll be neat to see how to evolves over time.
Great Site, nice job of really digging into the game. I like what you have done here with your whiteboard keep up the creativity. I too use a white board quite often when mapping out training sessions and brainstorming it is an invaluble tool!
How about an update on your personal training schedule?
Also, how many times a week can you spar? I had a discussion with a friend yesterday. I took the position that beyond 3x a week, sparring breaks me down. He took the position that you have to break through the 3x a week barrier then you “toughen up”. I view sparring as the bjj equivalent to weight training – you need “off” days. He views sparring like drilling – you can’t get too much. What do you think?
Olddog are you talking to me, or just in general here?
Funny, I was working on exactly the same thing over the weekend.
But rather than a general jiu jitsu map, I was trying to map out my own specific jiu jitsu game.
So it’s a little more directional, sort of half map/half flow chart. You could say I’m combining the concept map idea with a sort of reverse engineering of Lloyd Irvin’s “specialization” theory.
Looking forward to see how Aesopian’s map develops.
Holtrain, asking the Aesopian, he talked about his training schedule once and it was interesting to hear about. I’d like to hear his take on how often to spar….
Looks great. I am new to the BJJ world and was trying to put the stuff down on paper sorta like this, but not only do I not understand all the connections yet, when I tried to add techniques in the areas it became a mess. This looks way better already though!
I’m doing a separate one for submissions since it gets too cluttered otherwise.
I starting using Mind Maps for Judo just last month,I won the gold medal in my division this month (I live and train in Japan) ,not sure whether there is any correlation though.
Here is Tony Buzan breaking down mind maps: