For a long time, I wanted to do a legacy project on the martial arts that I know and studied. I figured I’d dump my entire brain on my personal website from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts and Silat. In the past, I’ve attempted to categorize it, be creative with it, standardize it, organize it, etc. but I could never really settle on the system that is limited by blogging platforms.
Honestly, I really enjoy the whole learning management system thing. Before I became a full time martial artist and business owner, my years in cyber security and virtual architecture had me do just that. Technical writing and organizing knowledge. It was a really fun time for me and it was the pinnacle of my IT profession. So why did I leave such a cush job? Simple, I loved what martial arts did for me and loved sharing it with others. 12 years, at the time of this writing, I’ve been building what is known as Impact Martial Arts Academy here in Virginia Beach with more than 6 years of it being full time. Time sure does fly.
I didn’t know it then, but martial artists were probably part of the first pioneers of content creation. DVDs turned into digital downloads, then all of a sudden free on YouTube in an abundant fashion. I see mind maps, blueprints and tons of documentation. Technology has really made everything accessible.
So, the legacy project. How am I going to accomplish this? Well, I ran across this idea of creating a second brain by Tiago Forte. A digital brain that links to itself and can sprawl to cover many areas of interests. Its a pretty interesting idea to dive into especially for the martial arts world. The application of choice was a toss up between Notion, Obsidian and Roam Research. All of these platforms was incredible to create knowledge drop areas to later refine and organize. Which did I choose? I chose Notion.
Right now, I’ve gotten some sections broken down into styles, teaching methods, business structure, philosophies, note taking and competition training. So far I like it and its coming along just fine. Its a pretty good start to what I think will be an enjoyable experience in documenting what I know and pass down.