Category: Learning

Here you can find all the posts that focus on the learning process and how you can learn more effectively.

Nov 21

Smashing through plateaus like a boss

Argh! The dreaded plateau. You can run. You can hide. But it will find you, and it has a particular set of skills. Skills that it has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make it a nightmare for people just like you. And what skills, pray tell? Illusion The first is illusion. It …

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Jun 21

Technique Brainstorms – Armbar, Triangle and Canto Strangle

Last week at Randori, we set a drilling challenge for the students. They had to perform at least 100 armbars from closed guard outside of class. It’s a high goal but interesting things happen when you aim high. That was true in my case. I joined in on the challenge, and to make it more fun …

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Apr 17

Objectives for learning the fundamentals of jiu-jitsu

(I wrote this for new students of Jiu-jitsu. The intent was to give them some objectives to focus on in the learning process, and I just decided to share it here as well.) Objectives Learn the positional hierarchy of Jiu-jitsu. Start to understand how the individual pieces of Jiu-jitsu connect together. Learn the fundamental movements …

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Nov 20

Advice for white belts: ask these questions

Being a white belt is hard. You get smashed in the gym, and at times, it can seem that you’re not improving. As a community, we lose a lot of people at white and blue belt. That’s why I’m trying to put myself back in those shoes and visualize what I would do differently if …

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Oct 16

How you can maximize your benefit from beyond technique

Many others have already reviewed Beyond Technique, so I won’t follow that well trod path. Instead the focus is on how you can maximize the benefit you receive from watching it. The tips are simple, but I’ll give you examples of how I have followed my own advice. The goal is to make the material in the instructional …

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