Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Training again as consistently as I can...

Super happy to be back on the mats a little more consistently than work, family, and travel permitted within recent memory...  I'm chock full of interesting things to work on (getting a guard is tops on the list... passing a close second.)  And I have the good fortune to have higher-ups willing to invest in me and help me along.  And hubby is so generous with his time (letting me train as I like.)

I need to make the guard player bear more of my weight as I pass!  And I need a better grip plan when I play guard!

And... stumbled across this today.  I hate being in closed guard, don't usually find myself there, but I did last night and I think this would have been entertaining to try.  The Tozi pass:

Training the mind too.  A friend shared a snip of this on facebook, and another friend pointed out that I was missing quite a bit of it.  Google, I love you.  This is good food for thought.

Dhammapada-- Choices

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.
"Look how he abused me and hurt me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.
"Look how he abused me and hurt me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.
In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.
You too shall pass away.
Knowing this, how can you quarrel?
How easily the wind overturns a frail tree.
Seek happiness in the senses,
Indulge in food and sleep,
And you too will be uprooted.
The wind cannot overturn a mountain.
Temptation cannot touch the man
Who is awake, strong and humble,
Who masters himself and minds the dharma.
If a man's thoughts are muddy,
If he is reckless and full of deceit,
How can he wear the yellow robe?
Whoever is master of his own nature,
Bright, clear and true,
He may indeed wear the yellow robe.
Mistaking the false for the true,
And the true for the false,
You overlook the heart
And fill yourself with desire.
See the false as false,
The true as true.
Look into your heart.
Follow your nature.
An unreflecting mind is a poor roof.
Passion, like the rain, floods the house.
But if the roof is strong, there is shelter.
Whoever follows impure thoughts
Suffers in this world and the next.
In both worlds he suffers
And how greatly
When he sees the wrong he has done.
But whoever follows the dharma
Is joyful here and joyful there.
In both worlds he rejoices
And how greatly
When he sees the good he has done.
For great is the harvest in this world,
And greater still in the next.
However many holy words you read,
However many you speak,
What good will they do you
If you do not act upon them?
Are you a shepherd
Who counts another man's sheep,
Never sharing the way?
Read as few words as you like,
And speak fewer.
But act upon the dharma.
Give up the old ways -
Passion, enmity, folly.
Know the truth and find peace.
Share the way.


Unknown said...

One of my instructors got his black belt directly from Tozi. I trained under him for years and still suck at the Tozi pass!

If you can do it properly (keeping your opponent's hips trapped and twisting their spine as you pass) it's pretty effective.

From my experience, I only try it on people my size and weight (small, real light, and short) as I've had mixed results using it on guys bigger guys and guys with very long legs.

Al B Here said...

I'm a really big fan of the Tozi pass and the various Sao Paolo pass variations (Wilson Pass, Chim Pass, etc). I'm a heavyweight, so that could be part of the appeal, though.