This week we have an interview with Jen Hall. Jen is a BJJ black belt under her husband Ryan Hall. She also teaches and runs the school 50/50 BJJ. Jen has competed a lot and also done a lot of coaching. We are thrilled to have her share her knowledge with us.
We talk about:
What got her started in BJJ
Running the 50/50 school
The good and bad of running a gym
Different teaching styles
Teaching ideas she got from being a swim coach
Not hitting a plateau
The differences between their fundamentals 1 and fundamentals 2 classes
Why she likes to have a class for beginners
The current point system in BJJ
Reaping the knee
The differences between a teacher and a coach
How she gets ready for a competition
Dealing with her 8 surgeries
The paper “Read this today win tomorrow”
What is up with Ryan Hall since the UFC
They have one person come in to their gym because of TUF
Have you ever failed to deliver your best when it counts? This week our friend and BJJ black belt Gustavo Dantas will help you do your best on and off the mat. Gustavo has been training BJJ for 25 years, he is a 4th degree black belt. He has a passion for teaching BJJ and helping coach people to reach their goals. His coaching website is TheBjjMentalCoach.com.
At the age of 35 John found himself in the business world and lacking the fun and excitement of a sport. John started BJJ with Roberto Maia, and the fun and excitement was put back into his fitness. John eventually got his black belt in 2006 from Roberto Maia. John is now 51 years old and is very active on the mat and he also has a passion for coaching.
John Connors talks with us about:
Meeting goals off the mat
Coaching BJJ and MMA
Grappling for older people and not getting hurt
Making a game plan for competition
Developing key moves
Limiting your training to get better faster
Making the most of your training time
Coaching during a match
Setting different goals for your competition
Sparing like it is an actual match with a referee and a coach
Dealing with an adrenaline rush
Getting better at winning scrambles
The advantages to getting a fast start to a match
Advice for the non competitor
Setting new challenges outside of your comfort zone
How competition can help you get better at BJJ
Advice for someone’s first day at BJJ
Quote of the week: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
Anyone in a leadership role in the gym should consider reading this book. The cover of the book sums up what the topic very well: “Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown. Here’s how.” I hear people talk about Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers regularly in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community. People like to talk about the 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes to truly master something. This book definitely challenges the 10,000 hours of practice that is discussed in Outliers. Consider the athlete that quickly rises to top in a short amount of time (BJ Penn, got his black belt in a little over 3 years). TheTalent Code has nothing to say about BJJ, but the topics discussed will transfer over to BJJ coaches easily.
This book focuses on “talent hotbeds”, places that produce a disproportional amount of talent. An example of a talent hotbed in the book is a rundown tennis club in Russia. This particular club is in a freezing climate and only has one indoor tennis court. This tennis club has produced more top 20 women players than the entire United States. How can this happen? What is going on there? Daniel Coyle travels to this small tennis club and shares what he finds. He travels to many talent hotbeds, and discovers what they have in common.
Talent Code Video- It does a great job explaining what is in the book
Drilling is a big concept in BJJ. Coyle discusses how it actually changes our brains to function differently (faster and with less effort). You need to be drilling with different levels of resistance. During drilling you should occasionally stop and think about what is happening when you fail, then try again. Any time you are rolling and you get tapped out, take a few seconds to think about what happened leading up to the submission.
This book also gives a lot of advice to coaches about how to explain things. It will help you communicate more effectively and give your students a better way to remember the techniques.
There are many different aspects of this book that translate into any sport. It will get a second read from me, and I am sure that I will learn even more the second time around. I recommend this book to any coach of any sport.
That awkward moment when you are rolling and you are trying to do what your coach is saying. Then you realize that he is coaching someone else.
We have all experienced this at some point, usually as beginners. You are trying your best to use technique and do what your coach says and he is just giving really odd advice. It is also funny when you are rolling with someone who is experiencing this. They will start to something totally odd just because that’s what the coach is saying. Usually it is best to pause and let them know that the advice is being targeted to someone else.