Last week was a fairly pivotal week for me BJJ wise. I decided I needed to get a private lesson from someone not affiliated with my school, or even in the same federation (Will-Machado). My reasoning was simple: I needed a different approach to my training and technique.
I discovered that there is a Rickson Gracie affiliated academy black belt an hour from my place. Seriously, what are the chances! So I talked with my current instructor and told them I would like privates with this other person; they were fine with that.
The results were astounding. I’ve read about people coming away from Rickson Gracie seminars completely in awe and how everything has changed. I had exactly the same feeling. What I loved about my private was he used the same terminology such as Connection, Energy etc that I heard and read that Rickson uses. I left my private lesson completely shell-shocked and in awe.
It confirmed everything I thought and hoped; it gave me insight into how Rickson makes things seem so effortless. I have to start again, my basic movement has been completely changed: Do you know how long it’s going to take to undo the muscle memory of 10000 incorrect hip escapes (shrimping for the people in America)?!
It’s the best money I’ve spent for BJJ: Better than any seminar I’ve taken, lesson or free roll.
I feel like I’ve got lost in the BJJ city and ended back where I started, only this time I know where not to go! Time to try again, this time I’m driving in that BJJ city with GPS (Rickson Gracie black belt) directions.