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.
I recently promoted one of my students from white to blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He had been training with me for one and a half years at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore.
During that time, he had made steady progress. But in the last six months, his improvement was so vast, so noticeable and so markedly different than before that he looked like a new person.
Yet, his techniques had changed little. His execution looked better in drilling, but it was nothing remarkable. He used simple, “white belt” level moves. Yet, he was no white belt. Everyone could see that.
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.
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.