By Sam Yang –
Don’t waste your money on notebooks that make you feel like you’re taking notes in history class. Get yourself a cheap sketchbook at a dollar store and some pens. We aren’t cramming for finals here. This is martial arts, we’re supposed to be creative, so write outside the lines and get your brain going. Get yourself excited about the art, with art! Add some color, studies concluded coloring is not only good for children but also for the adultbrain.It gets easy once you figure out a system of icons, fonts, and a few colors you’ll consistently use. I did my early work in black and white. (I actually don’t take any notes, no matter the subject, without some level of doodling. Trust me, it helps.)
Notes on Jiu-Jitsu Philosophy
So, to give you an example, here are some notes I’ve taken on what I consider some of the key points for BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) philosophy. And look, I’m a crappy artist, but what matters is connecting ideas to words and images. Sometimes you’ll remember the words but you won’t remember the context or the point. If you take notes on something you see, you convert what you saw into words. Then your brain has to convert those words back into an image. You won’t remember what was unique about the idea because it lost something in translation, it lost the emphasis. Sketchnoting helps you maintain those elements. Maintain the visual and strengthen it with words. It’s more efficient and after all, isn’t efficiency what jiu-jitsu is all about?