This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Stances & Studying

One of our blue belts has been teaching the kids class while Marcelo is in Brazil. He's been working on their stances and takedowns. Check out Hunter's stance - enough to intimidate any opponent.

One of my challenges continues to be remembering new moves. I think I'm going to start writing down what we learn each day, including the little tips and tricks that go along with the moves. When I was in school I used flash cards to help me study. Just by writing the information down, it was committed to memory. I rarely had to review the cards to continue studying. We'll see how it goes. Do you do anything similar?
posted by Jen


  1. - Oh, I have the same problem. I can drill it beautifully, but I can't remember all the pieces parts in live rolling.
    - When I was striking, I would use flash cards to learn the Korean names for things. For Forms (katas) I would write out a list of the techniques in order of execution. The act of writing itself would help tremendously.
    - On writing out BJJ techniques; it's hard to do. However, the few times I did were very helpful.
    - On blogging; it's helped me to stay focused on the techniques that I want to perfect. It's also helped me to streamline my rolling, into connected movements.

  2. I try to type up notes after every class. I find that it helps me remember things. I rarely refer to them -- but then they are not catalogued very well!

  3. BTW, Hunter's picture is adorable! He is so cute and serious.

  4. I have a feeling I won't refer to them much either, but I predict that the act of writing them down will help like they did for the two of you. We'll see.

    @ combat - thanks. Hunter's at the age where he's starting to take his training more seriously. He's new years resolution is to earn his yellow belt.

  5. Yep! Electronic journal. I use FreeMind software and I love it. Great for adding little tips after the fact without having to find room in the margins.

  6. I keep an electronic journal as well. And, if it makes you feel any better, I have the same problem as well! :)