6.16.2009

TECHNIQUE: YEAR 1 (INTRO)

The latest addition to the techniques segment of BJJ-ASIA comes to us from Aaron Le Boutillier. I met Aaron over a year ago through a friend while he was on holiday in Bangkok. Over the course of a year I got know about Aaron's extensive background in martial arts, self-defense and security training. While his discipline is primarily in Wing Chun Kung Fu under the Kamon branch with Master Kevin Chan, Aaron has been practicing a variety of martial artists since the age of 16. It's only in the past year that he's taken a heavy interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling but it's with a degree of focus that you don't see too often.

Aaron recently approached me about the notes he's kept over the past year about his training and what he's done for himself to maximize his learning from privates and group classes. I thought it a great opportunity to share what he's done and hopefully inspire others to take the similar steps in improving their ability to progress in jiu-jitsu. -Luke

From Aaron:


After a long history of Martial Arts training and many years of playing with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but only really a seminar here and a training session there, I decided after a chance meeting with Darryl Evanoff of Canada to commit one year to training to achieve a basic understanding of the system.

I catalogued the majority of drills, submission and escapes w
ith brief notes for each photo. This was never designed to be a training aid but thought all you blue belts and above may enjoy reviewing some of the drills I have been through and may even bring back memories from your early days of training.

I throw this out there only in the hope that at least one person may see a photo or a drill and remind them of the importance of the basics to this system and jog the memory of a drill that has been forgotten over the course of time.

I am still far, far from understanding the complexities of this art but my passion for learning is matched only by my passion for sharing, so please enjoy and via this blog please feel free to offer extra foot notes or tips on how to improve a few of the techniques that I have learned to date.

None of this would have been possible without the following people, some of which were very brief but none the less have given me something to digest Darryl Evanoff for hours, days and months of personal tuition, in-depth explanation and of course friendship.

Professor Adam Shahir Kayoom for inspiration, friendship and fine tuning of technique that only he can do in his unique way.I will be posting a new addition from Aaron's collection of notes on techniques/drills each week.

1 comment:

Phil Russell said...

Impressive stuff Aaron. Always exploring and giving, that's what I like about your energy.

Along time since we practiced on Ph Phi Island eh?