I have hit more seminars here in the last 3 months than I had been to in over 5 years. The one thing that I have been seeing as I grow in this Art, is that I love those guys that talk more conceptually about Jiujitsu rather than just try and teach more of the same watered down techniques we have all seen a 1000 times. Yeah, techniques are generally cool and all (for the white or blue belts in attendance) , but an idea or concept can spawn a barrage of techniques, positions, and complete new GAMES...
I know some people are thrown off by the conceptual ideas in Jiujitsu. They generally want to see something NEW. Something COOL. I was the same. However, now that that I have been training for as long as I have, (17 years), an idea is a pot of gold for me.
I have had the pleasure of training with Carlos Machado, Mario Sperry and Mike Fowler. Seeing very different experts in their own rights, at their games. Being able to ask a question that pushes beyond the aspect of the technique. Being able to visualize and materialize a thought into my own Jiujitsu game has been eye opening for me.
I had felt in the past that seminars were not for me. That they were stagnated repetition of the same ole tired techniques passed down and around. No real value to me. My opinion and attitude has been changed for sure. Not sure if its something to do with myself and my own mind or just the fact that I have had the opportunities to train with some high quality instructors.
The question stills remains...to seminar or not to seminar???
In the end, I have learned quite a bit about Jiujitsu and myself in the last months. So for now I will be attending seminars on a regular basis.
My suggestions and advice to anyone attending a seminar is this:
*BE RESEPTIVE TO NEW IDEAS
*BRING A TRAINING PARTNER
*LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR
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