*1st BJJ BlackBelt Training Session (Summery)*
Mon, 2007-12-03 08:54 — PeteMonster
Write-up is by Anthony Delvalle:
Summation of the 1st BJJ BB Training session:
We got started a little late, around 10:50am mostly due to guys traveling from afar, but by 11:00am we were training.
We also had several last minute cancellations…Kenny Bond got a shoulder injury (hope he’s better soon) and some others had to work, nevertheless we had 8 black belts that attended and participate.
Individuals were introducing themselves as they arrived so we skipped the introduction part of the agenda and moved on.
The first thing we did and probably the most surprising to watch was each black belt asking for solutions and recommendations for overcoming certain difficulties in their own personal jiu-jitsu game. I have to tell you this part of the training was like magic to watch. The free sharing of information from all these experts aim at making your own personal jiu-jitsu better was magic.
I was also personally interested in listening to different perspectives regarding certain positions. So to sit there and listen to others explain how they view a position, counter, escape, submission, etc…was worth gold.
Then after some time we began to spar and roll around for probably 11/2 hours or so. The feedback I received was that it was fun and a learning opportunity. Again I have to thank the black belts for being respectful, opening up their game and sharing what they know.
We then had a break for lunch…Andreh and David had to leave due to prior commitments.
During lunch we discussed several topics. We spoke about our personal goals for continuing to do jiu-jitsu, i.e. was it to make money, produce good students, compete, etc. We also spoke about areas in the jiu-jitsu scene that could use improvements, i.e. the disorganization of tournaments, the unfair (profit aimed) entry fees for tournaments, the inconsistent rules from one tournament to another, etc.
In addition, we all took notice on how special this day was…to be able to train with other black belts in a non-competitive environment for the purpose of getting better and having fun again, was awesome.
We also realized that 8 BJJ black belts, that manage 8 different gyms, and have close to 1000 students when combined, have a strong voice. We all recognized the unique potential a strong voice could have to shape the future direction of our sport. Who better to make these decisions for improving our sport then experts with about 100 years experience, collectively.
We all agreed that we should farther explore this potential to make a difference in our sport. We did not make any decisions regarding what area we were going to try to make that difference, but we did realize that there are many areas that need improvements and that we together can affect change.
Lastly, we concluded our lunch discussion with thinking we might need to appoint a Board of Directors for the BJJ BB Training Network; Directors to make important decisions regarding our mission, goals and how best to bring those goals to fruition.
Our next training session is scheduled for January 20th a Sunday and I will put out the information in a later email.
After lunch several guys went back on the mat and continued rolling, this time with a gi. By then my back was in pain and very tight, but I guess I haven’t learned my lesson yet after all these years, because in less then 30 minutes I was out there again rolling around...just couldn’t stand-by just watching looked like too much fun.
We continued to have some brief discussions on un-related topics and the last person left around 4:30pm .
This is a summation of our training/meeting session if you have any input, questions, comments free feel to email them or call me.
I look forward to seeing everyone in January, take care and keep in touch.
Here are some pictures posted on youtube
P.S. If you want more information about the BB Network, please contact.
Anthony Delvalle, Member
BJJ BB Training Network
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