What’s in a name?

I finally learned the difference between a darce and an anaconda! It’s not like I didn’t know how to do them, I just could never remember which was which. I was so excited I figured them out yesterday, that when I got home from class I made Joe let me teach them to him. That way if I ever forget, I can just ask him, because he seems to be able to remember everything I tell him about jiu-jitsu. However, if you ask him when our anniversary is, I bet he has no clue.

Being able to remember what things are called seems to help me remember the details better. It’s like I can’t do something if it doesn’t have a name. Yet for some reason, I have a really hard time remembering the names of jiu-jitsu techniques. Now that I definitely know which one it is, it was pretty easy to add “anaconda” to the brain bank, but it’s a little harder to process “when-you-have-their-arm-and-their-head-from-the-front-but-it’s-not-like-an-arm-triangle-more-like-an-arm-in-guillotine thingy”.

I can’t even learn the techniques or their names from videos, because I’m the kind of person who has to physically do something for it to sink in. I can see something on a video and remember it for a short amount of time, but unless I actually practice it (multiple times) I will soon forget it. That is really why when I figured out which choke was which yesterday, I came home and showed them to my husband. Now I don’t really think I will ever forget them again. Of course, now neither will he. Great. I really need to stop teaching him jiu-jitsu, because I know he’s just going to use it against me.

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya

“What’s in a name?
That which we call a darce
By any other name
would still choke you.”
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5 comments on “What’s in a name?

  1. I don't know the name of anything. Well, outside the very basic things. I always go with the blankity-blank-blank-thingy description. Which is one of the reasons I suck at explaining technique. Though, really I think it is okay to not know the names of everything in BJJ. If I ever ask Fabio, what something he called, it goes something like this…"Hey Fabio, what is the name of that choke where you have someones back, and do like a cross gi choke thingy, but from behind…" "It's called a choke." Fabio almost never uses the 'proper' name for things, and he says it is because most people have 10 different names for the same thing anyway. So, I gave up trying to remember the names of things long ago. LOL It may come back to bite me in the butt at some later date, but for now it makes my life just a tiny bit easier. ..though, it makes trying to find a video on youtube impossible. No one ever uses the word 'thingy'.

  2. "It's called a choke." , lol! I think once I better understand the mechanics of the techniques, then names won't be so important to me. I think I have a long way to go until then, though.@Joe, only because I wrote it on there for you. I don't need to look at the calendar ;)

  3. I can usually remember the Jiu-Jitsu techniques but this is how I felt in the Judo classes I took this week. I learned like 6 or 7 different throws but all of their names were in Japanese. I know most of them had Goshi or Soto in them.I guess the irony is that the Japanese name is the description of the technique.

  4. Because I've been studying the Judo poster, I can actually name most Judo techniques in both Japanese and English. It makes it easier when learn all of the common words…"goshi" -hip, "soto" -outside, "o" -major, "gari" -reap…so "ogoshi" is major hip throw, "o soto gari" is major outside reap, etc.

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