Category Archive: Teaching

This is where I think out loud about how to improve the process of conveying information to diverse groups and individuals.

Dec 15

Structuring a Curriculum for Competitors Versus the General Public

I just liked the pic.

Right now, I’m working on a large project, and some of my teammates are assisting by sending me any random jiu-jitsu questions that they can think of. This post was inspired by one of those questions because I received one that just didn’t fit my project at all, but it was fascinating on its own …

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Nov 02

I Don’t Consider This a Radical Change in Focus

Updated: November 4, 2013 Several days ago, I had an idea. It was simple yet fascinating, and when I mulled it over, it just kept making more and more sense. That’s why I decided to share it, but something went wrong when I sat down to write it out. Yeah, everything started out great, and …

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Jan 03

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment III

After I finished that last post on training acceleration, I couldn’t wait to apply the idea. The first opportunity I had to do so was a No-Gi Advanced class I taught at Crazy 88. Beforehand, I decided that I was going to give them one of the most developed tools in my arsenal. It was …

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Dec 14

The Problem with Most BJJ Instructionals


You look around and you will see many BJJ instructionals put out by renowned Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners. Often, they have high production values and they’re filled with content. Most of the content is even great. However, there’s generally a focus on quantity over depth and enjoyment. This has led to hours and hours of content, …

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Dec 02

A Conceptual Blueprint for Preparing to Teach


If you teach or you want to teach, you have to do more than just regurgitate information. The best instructors create experiences that are rarely forgotten. You might’ve even had such experiences yourself, especially if you’ve been training for a good amount of time. It’s in those moments when you pay absolute attention because you …

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Nov 28

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment II

Recently, I taught a class at Evolve Academy. I had a simple vision. I wanted to create a focused lesson that reinforced the technique in different ways. What we’re going to do here is go back and try to highlight what was good and bad about that approach. Class Structure Free Form Drilling – 10 …

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Nov 11

Teaching Self-Defense in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Teaching Self-Defense in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Take a moment and think about how Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is taught. There is generally a logical progression. You start off with drilling technique with no resistance then you drill it with varying amounts of resistance. One of the best examples of that last step is rolling.  When you roll, you go against people with different …

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Oct 20

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment I

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Teaching Experiment I

Let’s set the stage. I taught a class at Crazy 88 some time ago, and in that class, I implemented the thought process I’ve had on isolating movements in instruction. Today, we’re going to retrace the steps and clearly highlight the structure of that class. Warmup The warmup was split into two phases. The first …

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Aug 17

The Fine Line between Teaching and Learning


To be an effective teacher requires more than just the simple regurgitation of knowledge. You have to take what you’ve learned, process it, and then articulate it in a form that can be easily understood by your audience. The challenge lies in the fact that the skill levels of your audience can vary significantly from …

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Mar 23

Thought Process on Teaching Private Lessons

The goal is simple. It involves two primary parts. The first is to clearly establish with the student what they want to accomplish in the session, and then help them achieve that goal to the best degree possible in the time frame available. Now of those two parts, the second tends to be one that …

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