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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How do you remember?

by Jen

I attended the Michelle Nicolini seminar and open mat on Sunday. It was a great day of training with like minded women, and a couple of young ones. We focused mainly on open guard and did a few things from closed guard.

As soon as I got home I pulled out my notebook and wrote down everything that I could remember. Unfortunately I found that wasn't much. The moves that I did remember all blended together. To make it more difficult, I didn’t have a training partner from my gym with me so I couldn't rely on anyone else to help spur my memory.

Fortunately, one of my friends from another gym was there and videotaped a few segments. I have resorted to begging for a copy.

A representative from Jiu Jitsu Mania was also there taking photos and shooting video. I'm hoping that a lot of the footage makes it onto his site. (By the way, great content can be found at that site - check it out.)

I hate that my memory is so bad.

I've been using Daily Mile to track my regular training, which has helped. But I usually rely on Tom and Logan to help me remember our moves.

How do you remember what you learn in seminars and class?


  1. At seminars, I watch the technique demonstration with my notebook in hand and write things down as they're shown. And if during drilling I see something important that I missed, I'll stop and write that down, too, or at least write it down during the transition to the next technique. My notebook stays close beside me during seminars.

    That usually at least gives me enough details -- and the proper order of techniques! -- to jog my memory later so I can reconstruct what happened. (Though I have been known to resort to choking my pillow while trying to recreate an unclear description, lol.)

    For class, we usually only go over 1 or 2 techniques a night, so that makes those easier to remember. I also repeat details in my head as the instructor shows them; by the 3rd or 4th time he does it, I'm mentally calling out the moves and details as he goes for them.

  2. I make sure I take a pen and paper with me in seminars. I try hard to describe in details how the moves were executed. Otherwise, I won't remember any! If the gym allows, I take photos/videos to help me remember better.

  3. We had girls video taping the techniques at the end of the seminar (Dallas) when we did review. We all circled up and volunteers jumped in the middle to show each technique that was covered. The video is for personal use only, however. We hope it does not end up on Youtube...