'This is very much like chess,' Keane said. 'Good people think two to three moves ahead.'"
Hat tip: The Technician Online
And, so it goes. I have joined fellow knight J'adoube in the pursuit of martial arts (although I'm no where near the proficiency level of J'adoube who is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, if I understand that correctly).
I'm a big fan of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and have chosen the art which appears to be the most effective for self-defense all things considered. That is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), because most fights end up on the ground. I plan to complement this training starting perhaps in a year with Tae Kwon Do training, so I can learn some kicking and striking techniques as well.
One other thing that attracted me to BJJ is its similiarites to chess. In the beginning of a match or fight, the two opponents square off and are basically free to make whatever moves they desire (just like a chess opening). Next, comes the clinch phase. This is like jockeying for position in the middlegame. Finally, there is ground game, where both opponents struggle for dominance (kind of like tactics in the middlegame as well as the endgame).
I had my first lesson last night, and I (thanks again to chess) am pretty aware of my shortcomings and strengths. Now, I will have a lot of hard work ahead of me to earn my blue belt.