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05 of November 2013
Revolution’s Muay Thai program will feature boxing once again this month. All Tuesday and Thursday evening classes will feature boxing techniques, including combinations, counters, power punches as they apply to the sport of Thai boxing and simply for boxing’s sake. Coaches Jarrett Church and Jon Krimsier share the techniques they find most effective for the ring.
If you are new to Thai boxing and would like to get started, ask about our 8 week intro program that begins in January! You can reserve your spot now before it sells out.
04 of November 2013
Note: for a completely different perspective, check out BJJ Notes: the Unsung Training Partner
A typical week for a student starting out in jiu jitsu could possibly be scheduled like this: a no-gi introductory course early in the week that focuses on passing the guard, a mid-week fundamentals course that highlights a combination of sweeps from the butterfly guard, a judo class that teaches three foot sweep throws, and finally a couple weekend classes that feature various attacks from the butterfly guard.
That is a healthy dose of jiu jitsu for any jiu jitsu practitioner, much less a student who is just beginning their study of the gentle art. While taking these courses and learning all of these new techniques a major question arises: How can I remember all of this stuff?
In my first years of training jiu jitsu I tried to remember everything I was taught in classes and seminars by taking copious amounts of notes. I took my notebook to class and wrote down detailed notes on every technique and drill I was shown. I used the computer to find techniques that would help me while rolling in class. I printed out techniques with pictures and meticulously arranged them in my notebook so I could gain the upper hand on my training partners next time I was at the academy. I studied like I was preparing for a college exam and, just like a college exam, once it was finished (once I attempted the technique) I was done with it and I wouldn’t go back to look at those notes again.
From this experience, over time, I have learned the benefits and problems of taking notes to compliment my jiu jitsu. I have also developed a better way of taking notes that retains the information gleaned more efficiently and allows the practitioners to fully use that information to improve their games.
² First of all, the benefit of taking notes on jiu jitsu techniques learned from classes or from seminars is endless. A practitioner can have a written record of the techniques learned over years of training. This encyclopedia of jiu jitsu knowledge can turn an average jiu jitsu student into a world champion. The problem of taking notes on jiu jitsu techniques is the limited memory of the practitioner, or better yet the lack of memory of the practitioner.
² When a person takes information immediately from the source, for example watching a technique taught and putting it into words on a piece of paper, they are not fully understanding the knowledge taught and are , in fact, hindering their ability to learn the technique. By immediately writing down the information that they are ‘learning’ they are not mentally processing the information. They are just regurgitating it. They are not mulling over the whys of movements, the results of angles and pressure, or the necessity of leverage. By immediately writing the technique down the student stops learning it because they now believe that they have that technique written in stone. After four or five repetitions they move on and do not look back. The technique is then mostly forgotten.
1. The first thing a student needs to do is go to the academy and listen. Listen to what the instructor says, listen to the reasoning behind his movements, watch his movements, and ask questions. Once you have listened to and have watched your instructor demonstrate the technique then practice as much as possible with a partner. Ask more questions so that you fully understand. Do this with all of the techniques you learn during the class. When you roll after class, attempt to pull off the techniques during the roll.
2. Now, reader, you might be thinking to yourself ‘when am I going to take my notes’? That is the great part.During class you do not need to take any notes. This will give you time to fully comprehend the techniques and practice them. It is after class when your memory will assist you in learning the techniques even better. Once you are finished with your class go home, get your shower, eat a meal, play with the kids, do whatever you do. An hour after class finishes is when you should begin to take your notes. You have been taught the techniques, you have practiced the techniques, now is the time to use your memory and recall the techniques. Visualize the technique, picture your instructor teaching the technique, record all of the details you need to remember and complete your notes. Review your notes and talk to your training partners or your instructor if you feel that you have missed anything. Using this method you have completed the task of taking notes on the techniques that you have learned and by submitting the technique to memory and recalling that technique you have ensured that it will be remembered and not easily be forgotten.
3. This same method should be utilized when you are learning techniques at a seminar. Since you are learning three to four times more techniques than you would in a typical class you are allowed a cheat sheet. Write down the names of the techniques that you are learning at the seminar. At first give the techniques ridiculous names to keep them fresh in your mind and make them easier to recall after class. Using this method a student can walk out of a seminar having practiced all of the techniques and feel confident that they have gotten their money’s worth. The student will have a small piece of paper in hand with an outline of the techniques taught and head home knowing the scope of the notes to be taken later in the day. Repeat the same process as before.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. New techniques are being developed daily. It is a constantly evolving art form. The student of this art has a chance to learn and remember these techniques and can increase their ability to remember these techniques by taking proper notes and utilizing their memory using this method.
Now, get on the mat and give it a try.
by Daniel Frank
31 of October 2013
Once again, it’s that time of the year! The leaves are changing in color, the weather is a little bit colder, and we’re teaching you how to (safely) break legs and train without the gi. Every Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class for the entire month of November will be no-gi- all 72 of them! Be sure to take full advantage of the immersion approach to learning. We’ll cover safety, first and foremost, along with fundamental leg attack positioning, using the various leglocks to advance position, combinations and counters. Get ready for a really fun month!
All judo classes (Thursdays at 5:30) will still be with the gi, and if you really need to get your gi fix on, you can come in on Sundays for open mat.
Interested in getting started with us? We are now reserving spots for two different BJJ intro programs that start in January! Reserve your spot today by contacting us right away.
30 of October 2013
Here at Revolution BJJ, we have developed a simple but powerful system of development that uses Levels to let you know which classes to attend. All students begin at Level 1. Level 1 BJJ classes include limited, situational sparring, ideal for the jiu jitsu novice, and strong emphasis on extremely important fundamental techniques. This is where you develop your framework for the rest of your jiu jitsu career- the foundation of a house you are about to build. Level 1 Muay Thai classes feature lots of repetitions on footwork drills and basic movement, along with truly fundamental strikes such as the jab, cross, foot jab, and Thai kick.
Our tried and true 8 week intro class uses a simple and effective format. It’s catered towards those who are first starting BJJ, with little or no previous experience, and there are at least 12 intro students with each cycle of the program, so the instruction is brisk and minimal, with just enough information given out so that the student can sketch out an idea and grasp the overall concept of the position. This unique blend of fast pace and concise instruction gives the novice student exactly what they need in order to move forward to Level 2 at Revolution BJJ, and doesn’t bog anyone down with unnecessary extra details. This program has proven extremely successful in preparing students for the next step. However, students are welcome- and encouraged- to attend Level 1 classes for as long as they’d like. Advanced students will often attend both to brush up on the basics, and to help out newer students by partnering with them.
Once you pass a test demonstrating your understanding of certain fundamental concepts, you’ll be invited to move on to Level 2. Level 2 classes pick up the intensity slightly, dealing with combining fundamental movements, and integrating more rolling (for BJJ) and sparring (for Muay Thai). Students are expected to have a basic understanding- think of it as a “foot in the door”- of their chosen martial art, and the format of the class reflects this. For jiu jitsu, this means 20 minutes of takedowns, 20 minutes of ground instruction, and 20 minutes of rolling from the knees. For judo, this means basic judo, which means being able to take a fall and execute fundamental movements covered in the Level 1 BJJ classes. For Muay Thai, this means putting together footwork naturally with combinations, and being able to survive light sparring rounds.
Level 3 classes allow for a very high degree of efficiency in training. BJJ classes include 30 minute nonstop drilling classes, half and half drilling and rolling classes (one hour), and competition-specific classes (situational sparring and game planning). Judo classes are more intense, featuring more complicated throw combinations and counters. Level 3 Muay Thai classes feature a fast paced workout with high level instruction and frequent sparring.
Level 4 classes require a minimum of blue belt in BJJ to attend, or by instructor permission. The format dictates this strict need for control over who trains. There is currently only a Level 4 class for BJJ, although there are plans for the future to add class
Our7:30 PM BJJ class, for example, starts with a warm up of rolling for about an hour. This is ideal for the students there, because the belt level average is about purple, or somewhere in between blue and purple, depending on which random day you sample. Because of the presence of so many upper belts, the class format means that they get in a lot of rolling, no unnecessary warm ups, and fast paced, advanced technique after the warm up.
2 PM on Wednesday is appropriately named our “nonstop rolling class.” That’s the entire class, and it’s extremely beneficial to anyone who has been training for five or more years. It’s also an excellent supplement for the more athletic, less experienced grapplers who are already meeting their technical needs with other classes.
26 of October 2013
Classes will meet at 6 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first class is Tuesday, January 7th. The lesson on Tuesday will be repeated on Thursday, so if you can make it to both days, you’ll be able to get a second look at the same basic lesson. If you can’t make it one day or the other, you wont’ be behind for the next week!
Registration in this class includes a free Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi (which you get to keep when you’re done), and it’s an amazing $99!
The BJJ Intro Program fill up quickly, so sign up today to reserve your spot!!
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