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.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." -- Beverly Sills
The Foundation Program will consist of three new adult classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6 p.m. at our Baltimore location at Meadow Mill Athletic Club. The new Foundation Program is open to everyone, especially new students who are starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the first time. Movement, technique and play will be used to emphasize learning in a positive environment. Class will be broken down into three 15 minute segments, for a total time of 45 minutes. This is the perfect class to learn the foundation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a short amount of time. You will be able to work up a sweat, learn new skills and challenge yourself to stretch your limits in achieving new goals.
Zenyo means "good use." The ultimate goal of Zenyo is efficient and skilled movement in service of technique. Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore uses unique drills to help you learn to move in a smoother, more graceful manner. Our nervous system is designed to learn through movement. Children learn and develop by moving but as adults we stop moving in new ways and stop learning new motor skills. This is a chance to start learning again through movement.
You will learn to front roll from standing, back roll and transition from standing to ground. These are simple skills that become neglected with age.
The primary objective of Zenyo is releasing unneeded tension and allowing your body to move freely and lightly. You are already strong enough, fit enough, capable enough. You just need to learn to be more efficient.
Best results -- in life, athletics, and martial arts -- come with relaxation. The best athletes are the most relaxed. If you are able to relax under pressure, your brain will be better able to filter information and feedback. Judo master and movement specialist Moshe Feldenkrais notes that relaxation is a higher level skill than action. That is why beginners look ragged in their practice and experts look graceful and effortless. We will focus on drills and skills necessary to work in a relaxed, efficient way.
When activity is freed of tension and superfluous effort the resulting eases makes for greater sensitivity and better discrimination..(The goal is to) make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant." -- Moshe Feldenkrais
Technique is the essence of martial arts. The Foundation Program will focus on a limited range of essential techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Keeping the range of techniques small will allow you to learn and remember what you practice. We want to build a solid foundation for progression and sustainability. The Foundation Program is based on a pattern that progresses from simple to complex. Movement translates to technique, technique to movement.
Do not place hope in finding a secret technique. Polish the mind through ceaseless training; that is the key to effective techniques." -- Judo 10th Dan Kyuzo Mifune
Play is not something that is emphasized much in martial arts. But play is how the brain learns. You can not always have a serious attitude in training. Too much stress and effort, always striving for perfection, can lead to frustration and stagnation.
Albert Einstein believed that "play is the highest form of research."
Jiu Jitsu feels like the ultimate form of play, but many people approach it with a deadly serious attitude -- an attitude that blocks the learning process. The Foundation Program focuses on play as an essential element of learning.
“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning,” writes author Diane Ackerman.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." -- Carl Jung
If you would like to get started building a solid foundation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a creative, playful way, you can start for only $15 for your first week. Classes start Sept. 3, 2018.
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.