Category Archive: Teaching

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

Jul 27

3 Concepts to Focus on When Passing Half Guard

In a few weeks, I’m going to be teaching a seminar at Ground Control on passing half guard, so I am in the process of planning and organizing the class structure. My ideal process is always to start with the concepts and then teach techniques that demonstrate how those concepts can be exploited. As I …

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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

A Shift in Focus Can Help You Learn Jiu-jitsu Quicker

In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, there is no one true path to mastery. You don’t have to have a certain body type. You don’t have to be young. You don’t have to be athletic. You can start at any level and travel as far as you desire. That’s why it’s such a beautiful art. The issue lies …

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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 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 made …

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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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