In February I went for a visit to my Affiliate group Cryptid Jiu-Jitsu (CJJ) in Waseca; Minnesota, it is great to see that that they are growing, offering more class times and getting together even on off times just to train. The head coach is Rob Eggers; one of my blue belts, the force behind the scenes is Jason Lynch, he make sure everything else gets done. Without these two it would be difficult to start a club and keep it going. They deserve a lot of credit!
As the popularity of BJJ as a sport grows; it’s important to me to address an element of self defense in all my seminars with these guys, especially as there are law enforcement and corrections officers that attend. I’ve come to think of these guys as my friends, I want to make sure they know the distinctions between, sport, sport fight and real fight/ survival. With so much that can be work on at any point, we focused on defending the big ole Haymaker, how to make frames and options for take downs. Little by little we’ll add on.
The rest of the class was working guard passing; starting with some movement drills, a lot of these guys are kinda big, most being well north of 200 pounds; I have some friends that refer to movement as “little guy S**T” and equating movement to speed and jumping around, however, being big is not an excuse for improving movement and timing and being find the best way for you to move to the best of your ability and body type (I’ll stop there before I end up on another tangent).
Then worked passes some standing guard passes, and half guard passes, we worked some basic passes for each position and when there is a beginning group I like to do two things; one, when I explain that they are learning basics, it not that the technique is something simple that is used only by those just starting but that is just a starting point and there is a lot of detail and complexity that can always be added as they learn and can be developed to use to a high level. That what they are learning is laying a foundation for their game to build on.
The second thing I like to do is leave “Breadcrumbs” at toward the end and show how the same technique can be used in multiple positions with a little adjustment. It is much easier to know how to use one technique really well than having to learn a new one for every position.
It is great to see that they’ve become addicted to BJJ and are so hungry to learn.