Today, I had the opportunity to participate in a grappling seminar, or clinic as they call it, and it was run by Nina Cutro-Kelly. Her background is in Sambo, Judo, and Wrestling. So obviously she has a different source of knowledge than I do when it comes to grappling.
This was quite apparent when she showed a series of top half guard attacks that consisted of americana, armbar, and kimura.
That’s a basic attack loop, and I’ve practiced it many times. But there were small differences in how she showed it, and how I’ve been taught. That’s where the problem lies.
When you believe you know something, it can be hard to accept a different take on that same thing. Little things like how she was setting up that first submission was making my mind scream NO, NO, NO and DISREGARD, DISREGARD, DISREGARD. So I had to consciously remind myself that I know nothing and that there was something that I could learn there.
It took a bit but I was able to beat that little voice down and focus on learning what I could. It led to a revelation about the kimura and alternative methods of finishing it.
After that, she moved on to throws and takedowns. This was where the seminar shined. She only showed two techniques, but they were good. So good in fact that I’m going to spread them like a virus.
In my mind, I’ve already created progressions and series that incorporate both techniques. So they will indeed be spread.
Also there was one teaching method used in the seminar that I’m going to steal. Basically, it was a structured brainstorming section in a class. To visualize it, just imagine being taught a technique, drilling it, then being told to keep drilling it but link techniques that you already know to it.
So on one hand, you’re getting more reps on the technique you just learned. But you’re also given the opportunity to start figuring out where that piece can fit in your current skill set.
Overall, it was a good experience, and it reinforced the idea that there is benefit to letting go of the cup.