What’s The Best Type Of BJJ Training? Part 2

continued from part 1…

If I had to choose one type of training, it would be rolling with a black belt.  And it is a specific kind of rolling.

I have taught a lot of private lessons, and the privates where I have seen the most progress is where I roll with the student in a very specific way:

1.  While rolling I will point out a mistake they made and tell them what they’re supposed to do.

2.  Soon after, I will make sure we return to the same position and give them an opportunity to do that same technique with a little resistance.

3.  Later I will return to the same position and make them fight a bit more to land that same technique.

4.  The next time I get to that position, I will prevent them or counter them when they do the right technique.  Then I’ll show them what to do when this happens.  And the whole process will repeat.

During rolling I may point out 3 or 4 areas where I can use this process.  You may notice that there is a natural progression to taking a new technique to the point where it can be used in live rolling with other techniques.  The process is:

1.  Rep the new technique with no resistance.

2.  Rep the technique with a little resistance.  Then a bit more.  Then more.

3.  Find out how to counter the technique, and how to counter their counter.  Repeat the process by adding resistance.

What I don’t want people to do after reading this article is to go bother their instructor or black belts that they roll with to do this.  What you have to remember is that instructors may teachers teach 20 or 30 classes per week!  You may train in 2 or 3.  You can’t expect them to give you this kind of attention because it demands a lot from them.

Also, they need training time where they can focus on their improvement.  Just because they can help you doesn’t mean they have to!

What is fair is to ask your instructor if you could pay for a private lesson where you roll and they give you feedback while rolling.  It may be for only 10 or 15 minutes, but it will help you tremendously.

A friend of mine, Sensei Montise Peterson, used to train under Rickson Gracie.  One of his friends had done a private with Rickson Gracie where Rickson pointed out his mistakes while they rolled.  He said he had progressed more in one private that he had in an entire month!

There are options if you don’t have access to a high level practitioner.  When you roll, find your problem areas.  Then go to repping the techniques and combos to make that area strong.  Add resistance in drilling.  Then go back to rolling to see if there is improvement.  If you have improved, continue drilling with resistance where you have to flow into all the counter to their counter techniques.

2 Responses to “What’s The Best Type Of BJJ Training? Part 2”

  1. Dvadi Bowne says:

    Great Blog post Ryan!

    One area that has helped me on my BJJ Journey is getting the opportunity to teach techniques that I really like to others. I have worked teaching into my training and found that it has helped me solidify technique I am familiar with. However, One thing I always express to people that Share/Teach technique with other students is that if they do not know a specific detail that they are being asked about, Just Say “I don’t know” and try to find someone that does. Some of the best techniques I use I learned from other students, but I always make sure I refine the details with my instructors.

  2. Dana says:

    My problem with the instruction in a lot of these schools is that BJJ is not being taught that way, progressively, in the group classes. A new student comes into the mix and they are immediately thrown in with all the rest to learn that days technique, and it takes 3 months before they get to the fundamentals. And then to get repetition they have to pay for a 100 per hour private lesson. That does’nt work for a lot of people I talk to and I feel it needs to be addressed. BJJ takes enough time as it is to progress in.

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