Agile Manifesto For BJJ

I’m working on a longer post about applying agile methodologies to BJJ training, but I thought it would be kind of cool to take the Agile Manifesto For Software Development and tweak it a little bit to fit my BJJ needs. I’m surprised how well things translate. Feel free to tell me how I mucked it up.

  • My highest priority is to improve my jiu jitsu through continuous development of skills.
  • Welcome training partners who expose my weaknesses and bring to light needs for change, especially when I think I have something figured out.
  • Deliver continually evolving BJJ by focusing on areas of improvement for a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
  • You can’t train jiu jitsu alone. Work together with training partners to foster their development as well.
  • Improvement is inevitable for motivated individuals. Give me the environment, information, and time. I will improve.
  • The most efficient and effective method of finding out what actually works is during live sparring with a non-compliant opponent.
  • A healthier body and a calmer mind are the primary measures of progress.
  • Agile processes promote sustainable improvement, so don’t burn out by over-training. I should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely. Grind.
  • Continuous attention to technical excellence and enhances agility. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.
  • Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of energy NOT exerted–is essential.
  • The game plans and techniques that will work best for me emerge naturally. They must be recognized and cultivated.
  • At regular intervals, reflect on how to become more effective, then tune and adjust accordingly.

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