I first started writing Openmat as a white belt in 2014. I set about creating a repository of learning, organised into a clean interface and it has served that purpose for myself and others, whilst remaining fairly stable over the years.
I have used Openmat personally to log every jiu jitsu training session throughout the years, including an around the world trip, and all my rehab following a knee reconstruction.
However, the website is gathering dust. Its server is tired, and I can feel the rusty gears grinding away.
Therefore I’ve decided to shutdown Openmat on 30 April.
What will happen to my data?
In the coming days, you will see a Export to CSV button at the top of your Feed.
This download will include all your data.
I am working on a more generalized goal tracking solution using an updated technology stack.
Of course, I am using Jiu Jitsu as a benchmark for assessing its usefulness.
I will release more information as it nears completion, but for now I will just conclude with an overzealous OSSSS.
I have been working on leg locks on and off for a while now, so picking up a copy of Craig Jones’ Down Under Leg Attacks DVD was an obvious decision.
The DVD is structured in a logical sequence, but I felt I still required some additional mapping of the concepts and techniques, particularly when starting out, so I created the following flowchart.
I haven’t spent a considerable amount of time checking and re-checking the logic, this is more of a cue for drilling the techniques and realising options available from different positions.
Additionally, there are interdependencies, transitional positions, other options and opponent responses from everywhere which aren’t expressed. For the purpose of keeping it simple, this is what I’ve settled on 🙂
The notation in the diagram is similar to business process modeling notation. The diamonds with X in the middle are decisions (made by ourselves or for us – by our opponents). Since this usually results in a different position, this is expressed as an “exclusive OR” gateway.
A simple yes/no gateway is used for sequential steps with a dichotomy (two obvious choices).
Most academies maintain a weekly training schedules on their team’s website. These are often in the form of images and/or spreadsheets.
It is now easy to add and maintain your team’s weekly schedule in Openmat.
Students can copy a session from their team’s schedule into their own private schedules by simply hitting the Copy button.
If you are serious about improving in MMA or BJJ, a regular training pattern is important – Openmat supports this via personal weekly schedules. Update your own schedule by clicking the Schedule icon under the Calendar section.
Activating your schedule
Don’t forget to activate your weekly schedule by hitting the Activate switch. An active training schedule will automatically fill in your calendar with training events each day. This allows you to quickly add daily notes by selecting an event from your feed or calendar.
If you don’t show up to training one day, you can simply delete the generated event.
You can disable your training schedule at any time. This is useful if you are traveling or when life gets in the way of training.
BJJ training stats
Calendar events count towards your daily training consistency. Events considered towards training include: regular training, open mats, seminars, strength and conditioning, gradings and competitions.
It’s always satisfying to see your monthly training staying consistent.
Do you own a blog?
Add some flare to your martial arts blog by displaying your training schedule as a widget using the Openmat plugin.