My friend Shawn visited us for some training at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore. After class, I showed him a simple setup I teach all my students to chain three submissions together. Linking the three together helps students to plan ahead in case one attempt gets blocked.
by John David Emmett
Head Instructor Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore
Start building a new foundation. Learn new ways to think, move and react. Build a solid base of technique and skill. Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore is excited to announce the creation of its Foundation Program for new adult students to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Jiu Jitsu is a fun and simple thing.
Keeping your mind focused on fun will take you far.
"People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing," said Dale Carnegie.
Keeping your mind focused on simple things will take you far, too.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," said Leonardo da Vinci.
Teaching children's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in Baltimore has been an amazing experience for me. Though it was never something that I aspired to do, it has been one of the best experiences of my life. At every class, I’m impressed with the abilities, skills, and smarts of our young people, and they’ve helped me shape a great program at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore. They’ve also helped me craft five goals that we use to promote a positive environment where everyone can gain from training in martial arts.
Long before I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I used to compete in every sport I could at school. I played basketball, football, baseball, soccer, tennis and track. I loved athletics and had tons of great coaches. Of all the instructions I got over years of activity, the only one that stands out to this day came from my father. "Relax," he would say to me during my track races.
One of the greatest discoveries of my life has been the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, the judo master with a busted knee who learned a new way to train the body and movement. His teachings have changed the way that I approach everything that I do, especially how I teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at my school in Baltimore. His ideas are such a radical departure from what I have known and considered to be true that they make me question all I thought I knew.
Once I started studying the Feldenkrais method and using it within my jiu jitsu training, everything that I did changed. The first thing that I learned, and then applied to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was how we do something is much more important than what we do.
"To understand movement we must feel, not strain.To learn we need time, attention and discrimination; to discriminate we must sense. This means that in order to learn we must sharpen our powers of sensing, and if we try to do most thing by sheer force we shall achieve precisely the opposite of what we need." Moshe Feldenkrias, Awareness Through Movement. I use these words daily to lead my teachings in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore.
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in movement and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.