The Art of Chunking

When you first were learning to read, you started with sounding out each constant and vowel of the alphabet.  Then came simple words: cat, hat, can,  that were easy to recognize once you understood how the alphabet was used to form words.   As your vocabulary began to broaden, you started to see patterns which made your reading and comprehension flow, as if it was already natural to you.

Now, with your learning complete, you can read the following:

I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan  mnid,  aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are

What you just did was recall and organize the data from prior experiences, formulate patterns, and perform the exercise to read the passage with little or no problems.  This is chunking: the efficient organization of information in your mind so that you may recall knowledge faster and store more information.

For us that train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, chunking is a powerful concept because it accentuates what we are always striving for: efficiency.   Efficient, organized, technical training will help create the habit of chunking.   You must obsess over the minutia of every technique to understand its dimensions, cause and effect, leverage, and direction.  You must practice it over and over.  As time goes on, each characteristic of the technique blends together in chunks and the technique becomes fluid.   Speed, which at the beginning was slow, clumsy, and staggered, is now clean, unencumbered, and  faster then your opponent.  Accuracy, which once was almost always off the mark, is now on target, all the time.

Chunking does something else.  It takes time, but eventually, it gives you predictive powers.  The more developed your pattern recognition becomes, the faster you recognize what your opponent will attempt against you.

So pay attention to every detail of your training and master the the art of chunking.

 

Competition Preparation is Under Way

Today, we are 78 days from the 2013 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine CA.  Traditionally, Team Chard identifies this competition as the defining competition for the academy.   Additionally, the American Grappling Challenge, will be hosting an event in Northeast Ohio on 3/23/13.  So, we will be preparing two teams.

One of our mantras is that competition is the best benchmark of progress.  Additionally, I have posted about the  real value in competition.  So as we prepare, we will share our plans, our progress and our performance.

This month, for the first 3 weeks or so, the plan is to identify and create strategies for each Competitor’s performance.   It is essential, that you have a Plan A, a Plan B, and maybe a Plan C before you step onto the mat.

Stay tuned as we work our way to Irvine.

Building Our Legacy

There are many proud moments that I can point to in my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Career.   My Black Belt promotion, my first IBJJF Medal, and cornering at UFC 96 are on the list.  But, what will rank very high is my first Black Belt Promotion.   As a coach and ambassador of the sport, what I want most is for my students to flourish in this art and to pass it along to the next generation.  To graduate a member of my team to Black Belt is the pinnacle of our art and a portal to the next journey that awaits.

Congratulations to Paul Bartholet.

Ohio Grappling Challenge- Medina Ohio 4/14/12

7 Competitors traveled to Medina to participate in Gi and No Gi divisions at the Ohio Grappling Challenge.

It was a very successful day:  Of the 13 divisions we entered, we reached the finals in 10 of them.  Everyone brought home some hardware:

Austin “Tin-Tin” Hartsel:  Gold Medal Intermediate Teen Gi

Marcus Herrera:  Gold Medal Lightweight Masters White Belt

Kevin McCallion: Gold Medal Middle Weight White Belt, Silver No-Gi

Jon Bobel: Silver Medal Middleweight Purple Belt,  Gold Medal No Gi Advanced Middleweight

Jason Windon:  Gold Medal No Gi Advanced Heavyweight

Zak Gilyard: Silver Light/Middle Blue Belt

Santo Domingo:  Gold Light/Middle Blue Belt, Gold Light Intermediate No Gi.

ODM