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Sensei Instagram

It used to be Sensei Youtube, now there’s a new guy in town….Sensei Instagram.

It’s understandable: people want to share their knowledge or just share what they are working on (which I’ve totally done on my own instagram account, so trust me, there’s no high horse that I’m talking down from ).  While I imagine youtube videos of techniques are still quite popular, there is an appeal to just getting down to the shortened, basically nitty gritty of a technique in the shorten format of an instagram clip.

I go back and forth on whether or not it’s a good idea. On the one hand, I don’t think it’s really the place for a newer belt to learn techniques. While a student can do a good deal of self correction, there really is no substitute for learning fundamentals in person and having someone give you pointers on the things you don’t see that are missing in your technique. On the other, for the more advanced jiu jitsu player it’s a great sampling of other techniques out there, and even for the less advanced player it’s a lovely way to continued to be inspired.

I just become a little concerned at the idea of someone ignoring their mastery of the basics in order to go for the fancy stuff, essentially. It’s like the Bruce Lee quote “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Chasing after the new and shiny is fun, to be sure, but it will not help you if you do not- at the very least- have a firm understanding and a level of mastery in the basics. So in short, I would say allow yourself to be inspired, try things out from instagram, but treat those techniques more like a dessert than your main meal.

Just something to consider- have a great day everyone!

 

 

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Fundraisin’ and Instagrammin’

So as I admitted several weeks ago, I’m pretty bad at getting involved in the social aspect of the whole social media thing. I’m getting a little better with blog commenting, and a bit better with Twitter, but my Instagram “game” is sorely lacking. Part of that has to do with the fact that I rarely take my phone to class-and it’s pretty hard to take photos while in the middle of training. I know this because trust me, if you could I think our one student and Instagram addict would never stop taking photos.

But, our coach has been taking photos and videos of our training sessions, so feel free to follow his Instagram feed: PhillyBJJ.

More often than not I’m in the photos/videos, so that counts…right?

My own Instagram feed is not nearly as interesting, but if for some reason you want to follow it, it’s the same as my twitter username, skirtonthemat.

Also, this is for family & friends, or anyone who just wants a super cool t-shirt- we’re holding a Booster Campaign and selling t-shirts to raise money for the team going to Pans (which includes me! I’m going too!). This fundraiser is, in particular, for our students who work hard, really put in the work, time and effort in training, but may not have all the money required to make this sort of trip on solely their own funds.  If you’re interested in buying a shirt, just click on the photo or go here.

Booster Campaign T-shirt

Yes I’m shamelessly promoting my team’s fundraiser. No, I’m not apologizing for it. Not that there’s anything to be ashamed of in the first place…whatever, you know what I mean.

If you are interested in a shirt, the campaign only lasts for about 2 more weeks, so I would say grab ’em while they last.

Anyway, have a great day everyone!

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