I had the opportunity to train and learn from one of, if not the BEST, instructors out there this past weekend. And to say the least, the attention to details was more than I expected.
This was a 2 hour scheduled seminar so I expected a quick in and out, 3 or 4 techniques, and see you later thanks for coming. This was far from it. The way the seminar began was completely different from what I had experienced prior to Saturday. The dry erase board was soon full of the ideas that rattles around in mind of a JIUJITSU WIZARDS brain. The concepts that filled the board were unique to say the least. Simple to grasp, but advanced in the way of any Jiujitsu instruction I had experienced. My previous encounters with Jiujitsu seminars was not that great. Some were hit and miss on content, functionality, uniqueness. This was all that in a nut shell. Basic techniques, but attention to details that were eye opening.
We started out with guard pulling concepts with step by step movements. Carlos Machado made sure that everyone paid attention to foot positioning, head position, hand position. Walking around answering questions and filling in the blanks. The details alone were almost overwhelming. Not only the how behind the technique, but the WHY is what stood out in my mind most of all. Being a 6 year Blackbelt,, you would think the basics would not be that awe inspiring. THINK AGAIN...
We moved on to shoulder control within the triangle position. I don't want to just give away everything we all just paid for, so the concept here was a break through. My triangle game will now be a lot more difficult to defend. Prepare yourselves guys.
Carlos Machado then moved on to guard passing concepts with very applicable drills, that we will definitely be working from here on out. Next was some knee on belly escapes (***** rating) along with following through on your recovery.
All the minor details from head and hand positioning, shoulder and elbow control, hip angle and pressure, all went into to the teaching process. A lot of information to try and absorb.
Carlos Machado made sure to walk around and engage the entire room. If you weren't getting it, he would get down on mats and work it with you. Not only expressing his ideas verbally, but allowing us to fill it in action was great. This helped me put the techniques into a perspective I could understand. Fast on the draw with any answers, thought out and decisive. He had been there 10,000 times before. No hesitation. No looks of confusion.
Carlos Machado is the most technical instructor I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. Most definitely a living legend. DETAILS. Sometimes its about the little details.
PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Train for Life
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas