There’s not a single Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student who wouldn’t like to learn techniques at a faster pace and, thus, make better progress. However, the quality and speed of learning moves is, for a large part, dependent on the coach – as the way he/she structures the class dictates what the students will do.
So, if you’re a coach, what’s the most efficient way to structure a class for the sake of students’ improvement? Nick “Chewy” Albin explains how he goes about it.
THE WAY CHEWY STRUCTURES HIS CLASS
First things first: Chewy doesn’t put his students through grueling warm-ups. He used to do so before, when he’d make them do squats, burpees, and so on… But, nowadays he doesn’t do that; if a student wants to work on his/her physical prowess, they can do it in the weights area of the gym.
Instead, Chewy puts them immediately to learning techniques (after a basic warm-up). He demonstrates and then gets them to drill one technique at a time for around 10 minutes; doing so with about 3 techniques per training session.
All of these techniques are connected – for example, he’d show them all from (or in connection with) the Butterfly Guard. And then, after the “learning” (drilling) part of the class is done, Chewy makes his students do positional rolling – and they do so from the same position and using the same techniques they’ve been drilling earlier.
Altogether, Chewy emphasizes that he has his students focus on these and other connected techniques for 2-3 weeks at a time; in order for them to develop the required muscle memory.
Then, at the end of the training session, Chewy gives them an opportunity to roll. Watch him explain more about the way he structures his classes on the video below: