I experiment a lot, and lately I’ve been thinking about how to teach technique better. I’ve tried various ideas, but I keep coming back to one in particular.
It stems from the understanding that technique is formed from the fusion of concept and movement. Of those two components though, one is harder to teach to beginners, and that’s movement.
So I’ve been playing with the idea of using some of the warmup period of class to focus on movement drills that will be directly applied to technique later in the class.
I’ve had some success with it, but I’ve only done it a few times. One issue that I’ve had is that I don’t know enough flow movement drills that applicable to all the techniques I teach, even with drawing heavily from Andre Galvao’s Drill To Win.
It is a problem that can be overcome though. I know it, and recently I thought of a solution to one of the positions I was having a problem with. Also I just got a few more good ideas from an Osvaldo Alves Drills video.
So this is an idea that I’ll keep exploring in the future.