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Something old, something new… March 5, 2008

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…something borrowed, something blue.

Marrying the old athlete’s with a new venue, under a new name became reality today with the first session at Factory BJJ.

The sparkling blue mats kindly donated by Revolution’s Phil Wright were laid out for the opening session and fun was had by all.

With the small talk out of the way the training began with a Ginastica Natural inspired warm-up .

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After everyone was warm and with it being the first session we just had a relaxed open mat rolling session. (more…)

New beginnings March 2, 2008

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Yesterday March the 1st marked the herald of some new beginnings, which I’ve deemed blog worthy.NEWS

The first was the successful opening session of Factory BJJ.

After the closure of the BJJ/Wrestling program at our now old gym, we as a collective decided to continue our training under a new name and at a new venue.

With only a short period of time to get things set up, yesterday we finally made it and with only 12 hours downtime between clubs, I think we did alright.

We sold all the t-shirts we had made, we got a really good turnout and made enough money to cover almost the whole of the months clubs costs.

So thanks again to everyone involved for participating, helping out and being so positive and supportive.

The second item of news is that (more…)

Factory BJJ commemorative T-Shirt *SOLD OUT* February 28, 2008

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To commemorate the inception of Factory BJJ on Saturday 1st March, we are pleased to announce the release of a limited edition t-shirt.Factory bjj

In a stylish industrial ash grey, the front is adorned with the Factory BJJ logo and the back has a small message to mark the occasion.

At just £10 each the short run of Small, Medium and Large shirts are available from Wednesday March 5th.

Update: NOW Available - Hurry while stocks last.

Update: SOLD OUT

The only stipulation of purchasing a t-shirt is that you have to of actually trained at the Factory during the first month of us opening. The idea is that people who actually own one of these t-shirts will always be part of the early history of Factory BJJ- Sorry.

Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

I will be designing an open market t-shirt and possibly rash guard in the near future which will be available to everyone, so if you’re interested please keep checking back.

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Away Notice - Setting up my own gym February 23, 2008

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As you many of noticed I haven’t posted since ealry February and there is reason for that. Apart from being more hard working than James Brown, I’ve been really busy setting up a new BJJ club.Factory bjj

With some restructuring at the club I train at, most crucially the closure of the BJJ/Wrestling program, I/we’ve been occupied trying to make a transition between venues.

So bare with me, as with our last session at Revolution coming this coming Friday our first session at the new club is the next day. (Less than 12 hours down time)

So although at the moment the blog is a little sparse, the opportunity at the new club will mean more coaching opportunities and thus more: blogs, videos and photos.

Do bare with me while I make this transition and you will definitely see an influx of material over the coming months.

Take care

Adam Adshead and all at Factory BJJ.


17. Off the mat pursuits #2 Commit to your training February 5, 2008

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I’m a great believer in Thomas Edison’s quote: Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.

Not being the most talented or natural grappler, scholar, writer, chess player….(the list goes on) I’ve always had to substitute talent with hard work but it has always seen me right.

So the second instalment of off the mat pursuits isn’t work hard as that’s obvious, but be totally committed to your training.

There are different levels of commitment from part-time hobbyist to professional full time athlete but putting in the appropriate level of commitment is something which a lot of BJJ athletes fall short on.

On the face of things it might seem like I’m talking about training consistently and I am, but I’m also talking about what happens when you’re: ill, injured, late, not in the mood or not quite 100%. (more…)

16. Off the mat pursuits #1 Decision Trees January 26, 2008

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TreeWhether a coach, a BJJ athlete or both, Decision Trees are a good off the mat pursuit to use and also to share.

In there basic form they map out pathways, avenues and eventualities throughout a series of events. This is something which you can use in your everyday BJJ training to problem solve and shortcut decision making.

As I talked about in the article React rather than Recall I covered the idea of limiting hesitation with reactionary tactics and decision trees are almost a pre-cursor and commensurate off the mat pursuit which will bed in the ideas covered in the article. (So if you’ve not read the article check it out and if you have you might want to re-read it after this one for a different comprehension of the initial idea covered)

So, if we take a basic overview of BJJ and condense it quixotically into a decision tree we get something which looks like this: (more…)

15. Off the mat pursuits January 23, 2008

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I’m a great believer in the idea that you can boost your BJJ development off the mat.

There are a whole range of things that you can do, some quite obvious and some bizarrely oblique and I’m going to document them on here one at a time.

Each blog entry will focus on a particular pursuit/activity/idea and how it has helped my training and most importantly my development.

I think that whether you’re training 7 days a week at a full time BJJ/MMA academy or only sporadically this series will hopefully be useful.

So look out for entries coming your way soon.

Adam Adshead

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14. React rather than recall January 11, 2008

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phrenologyA lot of people think that Grandmaster chess players play/see 7-8 moves ahead at all times, when this really isn’t the case.

This common misconception of having a photographic memory that is as equally analytical as it is profound is probably quite accurate for some, but for most (including rookies like me) reacting to the situation in hand is the preferred choice.

It’s the same for BJJ, trying to recall all the moves and strategies you’ve ever learnt or have seen at will is increasingly harder to do the further you look ahead because of the chaos involved.

Whereas in Chess you get more time to think, during a roll in BJJ most of the time if you think then you’re usually too slow and have missed the boat of opportunity, that’s why I promote reaction over recalling. Not to say you can’t analyse your position or think about what you’re doing, but should favour certain moves to cut out the hesitation that trying to recall the golden ‘right move’ creates. (more…)

New Years Resolutions January 3, 2008

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Ok, so it’s early January and like so many people, I’m thinking about resolutions.

Societal impressions and stereotypes on having such things are obvious to all. The reason why so many people think they’re hollow or a waste of time is because most people who make them break them within a few weeks.

I understand the somewhat naïve almost quixotic beauty of starting a fresh year by spring cleaning the faults we want to change, but why wait till the New Year? It does make sense to start fresh but it holds similar logic as getting up only on an even number or rounding up to get the most amount of time in bed. (Or is that only me who does that?) (more…)

Happy New Year! January 1, 2008

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Happy New Year!


I just thought I’d take a little time to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2008.

I hope this year defines who you are and shapes the rest of your life for the better.

I want to continue to blog about BJJ throughout 2008 and I hope you join me along the way. Thanks for reading so far and I look forward to seeing where life takes me next.

Stay safe on the mat and keep believing.

Adam Adshead

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