My goal is to always make my students better than me, you know, I wanna see these guys get better than me. Go to their full potential…
Every academy has an instructor with different goals/views on how they run their class. Some academies have multiple Professors and coaches that teach in their own manner and can range from strict, laid back, funny, etc…
It’s not to say one is better than the other, however it’s how you are able to communicate with your students as an instructor. Is the instructor getting his point across? Honestly some students don’t want to get pushed while others need motivation to get to the next level.
I was fortunate to have 4 instructors in my ongoing journey of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. These instructors were Mike Mrkulic, Flavio Meier, Osvaldo Moizinho and Alan Teo. I am happy to say I tried/try to absorb the most I can from them. They all had different styles and it made them special. I am fortunate for the late night talks, life advice, and mat time corrections they have offered. Every instructor of mine deserves respect for molding me into the person I am and becoming.
I currently teach at Renzo Gracie Academy in Fort Lee, NJ under Professor Alan Teo. It’s so important to me that I can embrace technique into the students. Them succeeding in a pass, escape, or submission I taught validates my work and the feeling I get is a happiness that money can not buy.
I feel I have a huge responsibility every time I step on the mat to teach. I want each and every student that I instruct to reach their highest potential. It’s important to me, it’s my highest priority.
I came across this video on Youtube made by Stuart Cooper Films. It’s a documentary on Professor Kurt Osiander, black belt under Ralph Gracie. My reason for sharing this video is to show how some may think his style is cold while for others, it works.
What do you think about his style and what do you enjoy about your instructor at your academy?