More so with 'how' I've been training then to do with 'what' I've been training is the topic of today's post. Sometime last week I wrote about 'what are you doing' and the differences between preparing for competition versus just regular training without any event in mind.

So I'm well past any tournament-high from the previous season and with work and travel, training is as consistent as it can be right now. I'm much happier having some time on the mat then none at all, haha. This past week was a cool experience for me as it's the first where I was teaching on a consistent basis and was able to follow up on previous lessons. Building on what had already been shown, I was able to work with the students towards a greater understanding of the concepts related to the 'guard'. I have a tendency to share a lot and for some, maybe too much, but what I tried to focus on was 'the overall message in today's lesson'. Not to let the students get caught up in the specific steps just yet but focus on what are the priorities or 'check list' of things that need to be there before you can move forward with the technique. For example, if someone has you pinned in side-control, where should your body, arms, legs and head be? Having check all these parts of your body in relation to your opponent for the optimum defense and leverage, you can then move on to execute the escape. Personally I've found that if you can get closer to understanding the concepts and mechanics of the body/jiu-jitsu, the easier it is to learn a sequence because you understand the 'rhyme & reason'. Anyways, that's just me.

Outside of having a good time teaching and learning from the students, it's given me an opportunity to tighten up my game. Revisiting the fundamentals that I have yet to master and reminding myself to do the very same things that I am teaching to them. What I've noticed is that while rolling, I feel as though I have more control over myself and my opponent. Without jumping ahead of myself I've been a lot better about keeping in mind self-defense, positioning and frame-work. So, it's been a win win situation, haha.

Perhaps things will change as we get further along into the competition season but for now, it's been great. There should be some time for transition and reflection cause we can't always be on battle-mode. I fear that if that's what I was all about, perhaps my game would be too conservative and tournament-oriented. I have no plans of being an MMA fighter and a street-fight is the last thing on my mind but to be consicous of jiu-jitsu's roots as a means of self-defense is a good thing.



Anonymous said...

I love seeing the confidence boost that the knowledge of bjj brings students.

Really understanding BJJ is what causes most MMA fighters to abandon submission fighting as their prevelant fighting form.

Matthias Sieber said...

Nice read again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

Henry said...

Luke, great post as usual. I should be in town next week and I really look forward to training with you and your crew...as people who share a love for the details and essence of the game.