A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; they draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems, exemplifying the philosophy that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible.



Everyone who trains with me knows I learn from everywhere possible. I double-dog-dare you to stop me from learning! Aikido is one of the subjects I’ve used to enhance my mat time for many years, and if you’re a martial arts geek like me, you may be interested as well. Check out AikiCast.

AikiCast is a podcast about the martial art of Aikido; its principles, philosophy, practices and how different people are using Aikido in their daily lives. Host Blaine Feyen explores different aspects of training, with expert interviews and discussions about success, leadership, motivation, discipline, achievement, and more.



Australian Girls in Gi

From Ee-Leng,

I have been having a hard time lately with my self confidence. I had been getting very frustrated at training lately and feeling like I wasn’t improving or getting anywhere. I think it’s most likely because I’m always rolling with the same people that I train with and so I get better but since they get better too, by comparison it doesn’t feel like I’ve progressed at all.

[At the AGIG competition,] I found myself doing techniques that I’d learn and drilled. I found myself in situations where I could walk my brain through principles that I understood and adapted moves based on my reading the situation. For the first time, well ever, I felt that I had improved and it was a really awesome feeling. I’m not the kind of person who gives up easily but it’s certainly not easy going to training day after day and getting smashed over and over again without seeing improvements. So while yeah, the most important things wasn’t about winning, it certainly was a HUGE confidence boost for me.

Read the entire article: http://goo.gl/UluCcL

Ee-Leng Butter Bee


The Self-Defeating Simple & Easy

Bullet points, step by step processes that are guaranteed to work overnight, proven shortcuts…

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Worth noting that surgeons don’t sign up for medical school because they’re told that there is a simple, easy way to do open heart surgery.

It’s not that we’re unable to handle complicated problems, it’s that we’re afraid to try. The Dummies mindset, the get-rich-quick long sales letters, the mechanistic, industrial processes aren’t on offer because they’re the best we can handle. No, they sell because they promise to reduce our fear.

It will take you less time and less effort to do it the difficult way than it will to buy and try and discard all the shortcuts.

– Seth Godin




I’ve always been of the opinion that the important thing is train with a purpose in mind, and having fun and playing around can be a great purpose too. I believe in becoming a great mediocre BJJ player/grappler, unless you are preparing for a competition so more often than not you’d see me slowly and methodically going for sweeps, passes, positional transitions and submissions at a slower than average rate. The cost / benefit analysis of this style of rolling has been that I often lost techniques because my training partner saw it coming but the ones I got where magical and in perfect timing. The cost / benefit analysis of “going hard” never made sense to me, mainly because I’m not interested in competing.

-Liam H Wandi, The Part-Time Grappler

Read the whole article here.