The Growth Mindset
The growth mindset is a way of approaching challenging situations without the presence of fear. My coach often has us practice this by having us flow roll with a partner, but instead of focusing on winning (which makes the match competitive), you take on the “Mind of Einstein”. The entire roll is a process of data gathering. When you run into resistance or an unexpected response from your partner it’s just more data for you to apply to grow your game.
This allows you to make mistakes and try new things without fear of failure. Allowing yourself to make mistake is extremely important for the learning process. I like to apply this same concept when competing. A simple change in mindset can allow you to never lose when competing ever again. If you approach your competition from a non-fearful perspective, where you allow that “L” to transform itself from “Loss” to a “Learn”, then you’ll never lose when competing again. You have lost nothing if you notice an opportunity to get better and nothing exposes your weaknesses better than competing.
So go out there and try something new today. When it fails, ask yourself why? Try adjusting things until it starts getting more success.
See you on the mat!
Grapple.Ninja Pro Now Available
I've been working on rolling out Grapple.Ninja Pro subscriptions for the better part of the summer. It's quite a bit of work for a 1 man dev team, but I'm happy to announce the launch of Grapple.Ninja Pro subscriptions backed and powered by Stripe!
I love writing code, especially when it's for something I'm passionate about, but I firmly believe that a project must be sustainable to be successful. The good news is with enough support through Pro subscriptions I will be able to dedicate more time to develop, maintain and support the web application. I am committed to continuous improvement of Grapple.Ninja just like I am committed to getting better at jiu-jitsu every single day. Likewise, if you commit to a Grapple.Ninja Pro subscription you are taking the first step through a doorway to accelerated growth. Start tracking your own training data and begin taking ownership of your own jiu-jitsu game! You can't always rely on coaches or teammates to figure out your weaknesses in your game, sometimes you need to be pro-active in your training to progress to the next level.
Log as many of your training sessions as need! I want to encourage people to start tracking their jiu-jitsu. Unlimited training logs for everyone! Everyone gets a training log! You get a training log, you get a training log.....
Keep up to date with your current training, notice trends before they become a problem. You're doing yourself a disservice if you're not paying attention to where your training time is going! Plus you can share these cool graphs with your friends.
Custom Belt Flair
Proudly display your hard earned belt rank throughout the site.
Custom Training Reports
For Pro Subscribers Want to dig a little deeper into your past training data? The dashboard metrics are fine for seeing a snapshot of where you're at right now, but what if you want to look at how you were doing last year? Custom Training Reports allows you to do custom searches through your data while displaying it out nicely on a graph.
Priority Email Support
For Pro Subscribers I guarantee a 24 hour response time to your email. You can email about anything related to helping you use the site to better understanding your data, to technical issues. I've been grappling for 10 years and writing software for 15. Feel free to ask me anything and I'll do my best!
No Ads, Private and Secure Data
For ALL Subscribers Your Journal Data is owned by you, we do not sell, share, or even advertise with your data. (You're welcome to share knowledge, technique and insight on the community yourself!).
For Pro Subscribers: I guarantee your data is backed up and secure and you can export your training logs at any time!
Consistency Is King
Consistency has been and is a major key to improving my jiu jitsu game. I try to build a routine around my training schedule so that by default I’m busy on training nights. Friends want to go out for drinks that night? Sorry, but that is a training day for me. Take it as seriously as you would an appointment with someone else.
If you are able to consistently dedicate as little as 300 minutes per week (3 days per week) to improving your Jiu Jitsu, you’ll be on track for great results. It's better to be consistent and steady than the alternative. I have had many friends hit the gym super hard for a few weeks only to vanish for months while they figure out why they got hurt or burned out. It's just as important to get quality rest as it is to get those hard sparring rounds in! You can use Grapple.Ninja to help keep yourself accountable and motivated, while also keeping an eye on your training volume. I use Grapple.Ninja to keep an eye on how much I'm training and I adjust my days accordingly.
Go train and happy tracking :)
Custom Training Reports!
Custom Training Reports are now available for Grapple.Ninja Pro subscribers!
You can now search your training history using a custom date search. This is just the beginning of what is coming for Pro subscribers. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Hows your training going so far this summer? Here's a snapshot of mine right now. Consistency is king! Happy tracking :)