Sunday, July 29, 2012

Natural talent


I have never experienced natural talent before these couple of weeks. We
all put the time in, and for the most part, mat time is king. However,
every couple of years, some freak of nature walks in. He doesn't understand
or respect established norms and just blazes past everyone else, just
because he can. It remains to be seen if talent is combined with a healthy
dose of serious work, for otherwise talent is meaningless. I truly hope
that these natural athletes pave the way to better Jiujutsu and better
sports in general: it is their job, their destiny or whatever else you want
to call it.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Natural talent

I have never experienced natural talent before these couple of weeks. We all put the time in, and for the most part, mat time is king. However, every couple of years, some freak of nature walks in. He doesn't understand or respect established norms and just blazes past everyone else, just because he can. It remains to be seen if talent is combined with a healthy dose of serious work, for otherwise talent is meaningless. I truly hope that these natural athletes pave the way to better Jiujutsu and better sports in general: it is their job, their destiny or whatever else you want to call it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bit of a down

Hit some sort of psychological low today, most likely due to mental fatigue. Trained only one hour today, to let myself rest up for tomorow. Had some very nice rolls with very technical people, and I learned new stuff again, as usual. I used Fred's side control technique successfully I learned yesterday, and it works.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A great training week

So this marks the second week I train using my new methodology. I am again starting to learn from every class and every Roll. Vas just taught me two things again. I can break a strong half guard with my elbow in between his legs instead of on top or I can sprawl but most importantly free my toes on the side I want to pass.

Last time I practiced my kimura escapes and today my balance. I am starting to get better again.

Monday, July 9, 2012

It's not just about myself anymore !

I genuinely think of ways to improve my teaching. Different students have different needs, but the technique needs to be shown once for everybody. Should I use increasing levels of detail, or decreasing? How many times do I need to repeat a specific detail (either verbally or visually) ? Should I try to show the move five times instead of 3, but the last two repetitions without any explanation ? Questions, questions and more questions.

On the other side of the curtains, I realize more and more that I use the same moves (Which incidentally work well for me) over and over again. I know when to use a certain move, and I know what opportunities I create by having a certain move fail. My repertoire is pretty limited, but it's growing, I'm consciously linking more and more moves together. I have favorite grips from certain positions, and I'm dangerous with them. Well, dangerous is a big word... I'm functional.