Focus, Focus, Focus

Focus is one of the keys to good training. One of the many aspects of focus is staying on task in class. When we’ve got a technique or drill to learn we need to work it, work it, and work it some more. Students in a class should work on what the instructor gives them until they get bored, then do it some more. And when that gets boring, do it some more. Bored? Good! Do it some more. Think you’ve got it? Good! Do it some more.

This isn’t just Jiu-Jitsu instructor torture time either. It is a cognitive reality; We don’t accomplish durable learning until after we’ve pushed passed the point where our attention wants to move on to other things. Check out the Dunning-Kruger Effect if you’re interested in the science.

Finally, and I don’t mean to be harsh, but we blue belts and purple belts are usually the worst. Unlike total beginners, we know enough to think we know enough, if you know what I mean.

Give it a think, and I’ll see you on the mat.