Learning and retaining information in BJJ
Learning and retaining information in BJJ is extremely important. In most BJJ schools or Academies across the world, the same class is taught weekly so students can learn, see and repeat the techniques more than once if they train more than once a week. Furthermore, the more we practice the techniques, we build muscle memory to do the moves correctly. In addition, this is why warmups are so important (don’t skip them!). The problem lies when students forget everything shown in say Week 1 as soon as the new weekly curriculum starts in week 2. You must continue to practice and drill everything from the previous week so it is “in your toolbox” We are always trying to add things to our toolbox. Keeping notes on your phone or in a book can help. So does video if you Academy offers that. at Savarese BJJ (www.njbjj.com), we do offer all of our taped classes on video so you can go back and study. Another common mistake is when students use youtube and Instagram to try and learn advanced moves before they are ready. This can hinder your progress. Build your foundation first. As the great Rickson Gracie used to teach “if your house doesn’t have a good foundation, the house will fall down”. Same with a 4 legged chair. If you take out a leg, the chair crumbles.