You can learn something from everyone. That’s a common sentiment on the mats. In theory, it’s great. In practice….sometimes not so much. Even the mellowest colored belt can sometimes struggle when the 4-stripe white belt starts handing out advice or the more advanced student takes them to school on the mats. Let’s look at two distinctly different ways we can learn from our training partners — tactile feedback and verbal feedback or advice.
If you want to be able to learn from anyone via tactile feedback i.e. through rolling, you need to roll with everyone and you will want to experience all aspects of their jiu jitsu including their A-game. If every time you roll with better students you do everything you can to avoid being drawn into their best positions you will miss the opportunity to study up close and personal what it is that makes that particular position part of their A-game. If every time you roll with less experienced training partners you simply crush them you will also miss what they have to offer. In an ideal world you will spend some time being the hammer and some time being the nail. When you are the hammer, you are letting your training partner feel and learn from your A game. When you are the nail, you are learning from theirs.
If you want to learn something from everyone via verbal feedback or advice you must be humble and approachable. If every time someone gives you feedback you allow your ego to interfere and become dismissive or confrontational people will not be likely to continue to try and help you. Sometimes it is helpful to encourage others to give you feedback. This can be asking directly or you can be a little more subtle like just comment on something you were trying to do during the roll i.e. “I was having a heck of a time passing your guard” or “that was a great triangle”. Feedback is often revealed in casual conversations if you’re looking for it.
There are many ways of learning jiu jitsu: In class instruction, seminars, video study, drilling with your favorite training partners, as well as tactile and verbal feedback from your classmates and training partners. Take advantage of them all.
This week we have an interview with Robert Drysdale. Not only is Robert one of the best grapplers in the world, he is also working on a documentary about the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This interview covers everything from the documentary to doing BJJ for the right reasons.
This episode of BJJ Brick Extra we have BTT Black belt Fernando Halfeld. Professor Halfeld is from Brazil and has been training jiu jitsu 17 years. While he has won multiple medals at IBJJF tournaments, his major victories have been 3rd place at Worlds, 1st place in the South American Championship, and 2nd and 3rd place at the Brazilian Nationals. Fernandos students are following in his footsteps. Most notably his student Ruben Gonzalez won the IBJJF worlds, master purple belt 2017. The accomplishment he is most proud of, however, is the establishment and growth of his school Brazilian Top Team, Lake Jackson.
We talk about:
Fernando starting BJJ as the only kid in a class of adults
Moving to the United States from Brazil
Learning to understand English
Teaching BJJ to kids
Bullying in schools
The goals of a kids class
Teaching self defense classes
Advice on starting BJJ if you are a little older than most on the mat
Getting ready for a tournament
Brazilian Top Team
Running a BJJ school
Tip of the month: How to stay active while away from the mats for an extended period.
This Week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Mitch Hall. Mitch received his black belt in January 2018 from Roli Delgado. We cover a wide range of topics from changing schools to coaching students.
We talk about:
His start in Jiu-Jitsu
His first thoughts on MMA
Doing Jiu-Jitsu in a Karate school
Starting a BJJ school after having a negative experience at a different school
Changing your game over the years
Designing a system to BJJ
Making changes to your game with your coaches help
This week we have an interview with Tyson Kilbey. Tyson is a 19 year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas. He is also a Jiu-Jitsu instructor and Firearms instructor. This is a great interview that covers many topics on and off the mat.
We talk about:
His start to martial arts
Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for police officers
How Jiu-Jitsu has reduced the amount of force he needs to use
This episode we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Seth Daniels. Seth is the CEO of Fight to Win Pro. This interview covers a wide range of topics from training advice to stories from running Fight to Win.