Making the Most of BJJ Seminars
Get the most bang for your buck at a seminar
Seminars are a great way to gain a lot of elite level techniques, but in three hours it can be quite an uphill battle to remember everything. So how do you make the most out of a seminar? Some people will come in with a notepad and take notes, others will film themselves performing the technique. These are great ways to make sure you aren’t leaving empty handed.
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Another way to help get the most out of a seminar is to understand the core components the seminar is trying to cover. A good instructor will approach teaching a seminar in a specific manner. One thing they probably won’t do is show a bunch of non-connected techniques and leave you hanging.
Focusing on a key component will make it easier to have a starting point for your memory. Start with the main idea and branch from there. This applies to notes that you take, or even if you rely solely on memory.
On top of the responsibility of the seminar instructor, it is your responsibility to make the most out of your time. For some people it is as many reps as possible in the allotted time. Others might benefit more from reps and questions. Whatever works for you, do it. It’s ultimately on you to get the most out of the seminar.
Practice mindfully. Don’t just go through the motions, make mental notes while practicing the techniques. This will allow some callback at a later time when you are struggling to remember the finer details. You can spot when some people do this because they’ll have mental cues. Some people count. Step 1, step 2, etc. Others, will make use of short phrases covering critical elements of the maneuvers.
Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport, in that you need people around you to make you better. That said there comes a time when practitioners have to take ownership of their own progress. Everyone learns in different ways. Find what works for you whether it be physical note taking, or mental note taking. Make the most of your time because techniques shown at a seminar can forever change your game.
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