Monday, September 27, 2010
The Problem with Teaching
So I taught class again last Saturday. I had planned on going over a variety of defenses to the regular arm bar from the mount. I had it all mapped out into 4 stages of reaction and what could be done at each stage. When I got to class, almost no one was there. Apparently a big seminar and tournament were happening at the same time. So once class started, I had only 5 students. One of them wanted to learn any kind of leg lock. So at the last minute I decided I would teach a really basic straight ankle lock along with some defenses to it. This goes against my normal philosophy of teaching an offense with its defense. It was a request, and such a small class so I did it. Also, someone was there for the very first time. I don't think straight ankle locks are really a great first ever class in Jiu-Jitsu, but I also knew the other 4 would not want to do standing up in base drills because they were one and two stripe blue belts. Tough to balance such a class so that everyone gets something out of it.