A few days ago I had a student comment “How do I know I’m learning? I feel like ever time I roll I spend a lot of time remembering what I have to do. How can I remember better?”
If you are a beginner practitioner this is completely normal. Jiu Jitsu has hundreds of transition to positions to submissions. It can easily become very difficult to remember all of them. This is however the journey. They are not a set of moves that are learned in one day because every opponent will vary in size and speed along with have their own escape route; So that triangle you know will be applied in many different ways to finalize.
Practitioners have different methods gaining an edge on remembering moves taught by instructors. Here are a few ways that may help you as a beginner practitioner. For advance practitioners, this will help you get the best out of those seminars.
- Easy way to revert back to the move and go over it anywhere. Now with the technology advances, you can have these on your iOS device or android and have it synced to your computer, iPad, iPod, iPhone,etc…
- Drill them after class
- Once class is over the lesson is still fresh in the mind, get a partner to stay after class and drill the moves.
- Record the days class (if Professors and/or Instructors permit )
- Place your recording device (camera, phone, iPod) in an area where you can get a good angle and stop it after the lesson has ended.
- Go home and record yourself do it with a partner (my favorite)
- Once you get home set up your camera and record yourself doing the move on your partner.
I find the last one to be really helpful as most seminars provided by academies will not allow you to record, specially the paid ones. I used this method when I visited Caio Terra’s Academy in San Jose, CA. I really wanted to remember all moves taught and use them to my advantage back in NJ. I still to this day revert back to those videos and drill them or teach them in class.