|Old Carlson Gracie Team Gi Patch: "This is not Disneyland"|
In trite academic terms, Carlson's quote is about depth vs breadth. Carlson is clearly a proponent of depth of knowledge. I am also a proponent of depth of knowledge in both teaching students economics and in practicing BJJ. The most soul-sucking thing I have heard other professors say is: "I'd really love to do this exciting stuff, but it takes so much time and I have to cover a lot of material." So, the professor is going to be in class wishing he/she was doing something else, the students are going to sense the lack of passion and mirror it, no one is going to be happy, but man, a lot of material is going to get "covered." Wouldn't it be a lot better to get students really interested in the subject so they want to learn more?
Robert Frank had a lot to say about this at Google. The entire talk is good, but 3:00 to 8:00 is the part I hope you will watch (even if you are a non economist)
My next blog post will be more about depth and attempting to attain mastery. My view is very similar to a van Gogh quote:
By the way, Carlson would never have told me. "You know a thousand moves and you suck at every one of them" I don't know a thousand moves, I just suck. If you are curious, there is one move I dont suck that bad with. Here is a vid of Jeff Glover wrecking fools with my favorite move.....The Darce Choke (video starts getting good at 1:05).