Helping You Learn, Progress And Succeed In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
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.
I remember one jiu jitsu training session from my blue belt days. I went against a very strong and fit white belt, who wore me down, passed my guard and trapped me in side control. I couldn't get out. A jiu jitsu nightmare. Only the end of the round saved me.
Traveled to Virgina for a weekend of training with my crew at Virginia Beach Jiu Jitsu. Got some awesome rolls and see how much everyone has improved.
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.
I believe there is one reason, one reason above all others, that I am still training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu nearly 20 years since I started.
Because it is the most fun I've ever had.
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in learning theory, movement, neuroscience, and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.