Brilliant BJJ

Just awesome to watch. Quite simply, one of the best BJJ performances I have ever seen. I was so lucky to see it live and up close. Just essential BJJ done at the highest level. Nothing fancy. Someone with less than two years of training will know every technique here. But this is how it is done with ultimate timing, position, and control.

This is how it is done, whether the context is sport grappling, MMA, or self-defense.

A Tip From An Experienced Coach

From Dan John, who is one the most intelligent and thoughtful, as well as experienced, strength coaches around. While his thoughts were directed at those in the strength and conditioning realm, they apply equally well to all fields of study. A succinct and direct description of the fallacy of being your own coach, or thinking your little garage group is producing all the answers.

If you’re training yourself, you’ll tend to know everything you decide to do. You’ll always push yourself exactly as hard as you feel like pushing yourself. You won’t have any gaps in your training because you have no idea what you’re lacking. Finally, you’ll be able to progress and regress easily in your system since your single follower— you— will know what you want, even if it isn’t something you need to do. I hope I painted a picture of mediocrity here.

Col. Cooper on Instructors

The great Col. Jeff Cooper for all practical purposes founded the modern defensive firearms training community. He was intimately involved in teaching people how to shoot for most of his 86 years. As such, he had many insights into what went into the making of a good instructor. While he was speaking to the ability to teach shooting, his guidelines have as much direct connection to the instruction of H2H fighting as well. Here is an excerpt from some of his writings:

“….a good instructor, above all, must seek his student’s excellence. He must place more value on his ability to teach a man to shoot than on his own ability to shoot. His work gratifies his ego when his student becomes a good shot, and improvement is more satisfying to the ego than excellence. It is fine to raise a B shooter to the A category, but it is far better to raise a D to a B……… (a good instructor) must realize that matters which are quite obvious to him may be complete mysteries to a novice. This sort of knowledge is not inherent and must be acquired through experience.”

So much good stuff there.