The Triangle Choke and Agile Development

I am a software developer.  We use SCRUM as our agile development methodology.  I hope I have not lost your interest already.  A Retrospective meeting is used to look back on our last period of work and think over what went well and what we could improve on.  I realized the agile development process can be applied to more then software development last week after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class.  I was thinking about how I done in class trying to get the Triangle choke.  I realized I was starting to hold my own Retrospective.  Here are the results of it:

Triangle Choke

What did I do well?

  • I remembered to shoulder walk
  • I pulled him down with my legs and broke his posture
  • I remembered to hold the back of his head
  • I remembered the steps. I threatened the triangle and then tried to lock.
  • I grabbed my shin and not my ankle.

What could I have done better?

  • I forgot to frame when he stacked me.
  • While holding his head I should have tried to lock faster or used both hands to control the head.
  • I could not get the lock quite on and tried prematurely to get the angle.

We each I think do some kind of evaluation of your efforts in training.  Some of us have our own tried and tested methods that have paid off.  Some of are learning to organize and work out systems for improvement.  I thought I would share this simple example of a Retrospective to help those who are looking for a methodology.

After you roll or whatever you are doing that you want to improve on follow these steps: 

  1. Find a place you can think without interruption.
  2. With your pad and pencil write at the top “What did I do well?” and about half way down “What could I have done better?”.
  3. Start filling them out as you replay in your mind what you have done keeping these questions in mind.

When you are done you will have or should have clear goals or concepts to act on.  After your next roll, lesson, or whatever it may be that you used your action plan in, hold another Retrospective with yourself.  It is part of continual improvement.  Do not be to hard on yourself.  Look for improvement not perfection instantly.  Your continued steady improvement will lead to mastery of the submission, sweep, or escape you are working on.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

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