I found this article on a chess forum - very interesting read
posted by Human 8128 here
Any form of combat is simply a different expression of exactly the same thing. This holds true whether it is expressed mentally or physically. I could (and in the future might) write similar comparisons with any other combat sport. For now the two are BJJ and Chess.
1) There is an opening, a middle game and an endgame: In an evenly fought match between two tough competitors you are likely to see all three of these phases. A small advantage from the opening might be increased or converted in the middle game with the killing stroke in the end game. Sometimes a player can win in the opening or middle game due to their brilliance and aggression. There has been many a time when the world chess champion’s preparations have been so complete that victory was known in the first few moments. I am sure there are points in Xande Ribeiro’s career where he achieved a tap out in the first minute because his opponent couldn’t handle his opening preparations.
TKMMA 3 FULL RESULTS
The Third installment of the Total Knockout MMA show is in the books, A great show with some good semi pro and pro match ups. The evening kicked off with Welterweight Champ Matt Holland opening the show with a win in an exhibition K1 fight with the 4oz MMA gloves, The Champion looked very relaxed on his feet showing off his kickboxing skills, even at one stage nearly scoring an Anthony Pettis style cage kick. And the event finished with the crowning of a new Featherweight Champion Tier Blundell winning by a beautiful belly down armbar win over Stuart Mcdowell.
This is an article I wrote which was recently published in America’s premier bjj publication, Jiu Jitsu Magazine. You can order back issues and get your subscription here: http://jiujitsumag.com
Because my surname isn’t Gracie and I didn’t start training when I was five, I’ve had to constantly and relentlessly search for supplemental training that will improve my game and allow me catch up with my Brazilian contemporaries.
Of all the additional systems and methods I’ve used to improve my jiu jitsu ability, I consider yoga to be by far the most effective. So much so, that I’ve eliminated almost all other supplemental training from my regime. This includes, kettlebell training, olympic lifting, swimming and rock climbing. I’m not claiming these aren’t great ways to improve your jiu jitsu. I’m saying that, at this point, I get a far bigger return investing my limited time into the practise of yoga.