BJJ and Connecting with Others

So, in my non-jiu jitsu life I’m reviewing resumes for a position to work under me in my department (I’m heading a department: scary, I know).

Anyway, I read a resume that was so awful that it made me  annoyed, then angry, and then made me think about why I was so annoyed with it. It wasn’t poorly written- quite the contrary, the person had a mastery of the English language. Which was sort of the problem. This person decided to attempt to flaunt and show off every single word they could possibly come up with and put it into one document. Instead of awe-inspiring, it was off-putting and borderline nonsensical.

How the heck does this relate to jiu jitsu? Bear with me, there is a bit of a connection: it’s like when someone tries to teach fancy techniques in a beginner class. Sure it looks cool, but it’s borderline nonsensical. Instead of making people feel included and inspired, it can be confusing and off-putting for a lot of people. The idea when teaching is to pass off knowledge from one (presumably higher ranked) practitioner to another (presumably lower ranked) student- in order to do that, the person should feel included in the conversation, otherwise there is a chance the student will become closed off and defensive even if they are perfectly capable of learning the fancier technique.

People in a class should feel included, not saying that you can’t throw in some fancy things once in a while but too much of a focus on those kinds of things I feel will eventually do more harm than good. Yes, it’s great to have these skills, but you also need to consider your audience when speaking, writing, or teaching jiu jitsu, and ensure that everyone is on the same page. That’s the point of communication, right? To share in an idea? How are you doing that if you are deliberately attempting to go over people’s heads?

Just some thoughts for the morning- have a great day everyone!



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2 responses to “BJJ and Connecting with Others

  1. Sarah C

    Yes! The same thing happened all the time when I was teaching partner dancing. I always appreciated more experienced dancers partnering with my newbies, but when they showed off, it was discouraging and distracting for the students.

    There is certainly value in demonstrations of more complex techniques like at the end of class to show what they’re maybe working towards, but leave it out of practice.

    I especially hated when more advanced students did side-teaching. Haaate that.

    Be humble! Mutual benefit!

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