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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mastery and the 1%

So begins my entry into the blogosphere.

Since I've been training BJJ, I've been reading blogs to help add a word, thought or bit of expression to my learning curve.

So now, with 4 scary stripes on my brown belt, I begin to make my own contribution to the learning curve of anyone who finds me.

Which brings me to the title of the post. I certainly don't mean to say that I've attained Mastery of BJJ, or anything for that matter, and I don't intend to make blog posts from the high hill of a guru.

Mastery is a book by a gentleman named George Leonard, and it's an excellent read. The basic gist of the book is that the path of mastery of any skill is that of practice. That mastery isn't about goals, trophys or achievements, but rather the everyday commitment to the plateau.

One of my teachers, Prof. Shah Franco said once that everyday you get on the mat, strive to be 1% better. This gives you the perspective that even if you've had a crap day, and everyone ran circles around you, if you've improved just 1%, you've met your goal.

As I approach my black belt I'm realizing that all the coloured belts are basically "pre-beginner" belts, and that the black is simply the last "beginner" belt. Or rather the first belt, where the real learning begins, now that the rules are finally ingrained.

So this is a blog about my 1%s. My everyday revelations, light bulbs and inspirations.

Hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for reading.


  1. Well I think this is a great idea. Welcome to the blogging world. :)

  2. Cool - always good to have higher belts blogging. :D

  3. I like the idea of striving to be 1% better... that is an obtainable goal. I think I'll be applying that philosophy to my everyday living!

    Welcome to the blogging world Andrew! It's always nice to see another familiar face. I look forward to reading more.

  4. @ mom, thanks mom!

    @ slideyfoot, thanks for dropping by, i'll do my best to rep the "higher belt"!

    @ Jennifer, Thanks!

  5. Ditto what Slidey said. Really looking forward to learning more about what stands out to someone many steps up the ladder from me. Delighted to see you have already been to Cane Prevost's blog... one of the best on the intertubes.

  6. @Georgette

    I love Cane's blog as well...

    In other news, I think Jiu Jitsu on a ladder would be difficult, but i digress.

    thanks for coming by!