This weeks class is primarily drill based and builds on several techniques we have already covered. This page is private for teachers only. I'll lay out the class here and add videos where it helps. Let me know if this format is helpful.

Stand up

We have been covering movement and foot sweeps for awhile. This week I would like to add in the single leg with the gi. To complete it you circle away from the lapel grip while pulling that lapel. The non-lapel arm lifts at the elbow to allow you to clear your partners arm and change level. Once you are on the side and have changed levels, you drive into your partner and push the lapel into your partners chest


The way I organized the material in class was to 1) ask students to do push pull drill lightly, 2) introduce the single, 3) asked the students to go back to the push/pull drill and add this move in, along with the other techniques they have been working on.


The ground portion of class had three different components: 1) drill individual moves, 2) drill combos of those moves, 3) up down out. I ran a timer for all the drills. I did one minute for each rotation. If I thought students were struggling with a move I would add a minute of drill time for each partner.

The first move was the step around armbar

The second move I broke down into two parts. It is the back step from side control, ending with a back take. I broke it down into two parts as shown in the videos below, and I gave them a minute each to practice. So first just show the back step and give one minute to practice. Then show the back take, and give a minute to practice.

Then we combined the two moves into a drill. Bottom person just has to maintain the pummel each side. The person on top backsteps back and forth. The person on top has two choices; take the back off the transition or 2) obtain the pummel and perform the step around armbar. It looked like this:

Next step is to add more ingredients. In this case it is the bottom person rolling away and the top person taking their back. It is pretty basic, but that's the point, helping the new guys see opportunities and taking advantage of them.

Then we put it back in the oven. Adding that option into the drill they just did. Looks like this......

The theme of the week for fundamentals is how to take and maintain the back. We have done a lot of work on what to do when you have the back, so I wanted to work on how to get there and stay there. I showed two back repositions and asked the students to drill them a minute each with me running the timer.

On Saturdays I am able to cheat a bit. The fundamentals class does up, down, out with the intermediate as a warm up. That isn't so practical during the week due to limited mat space. So you might need to modify or trim the structure of your class to allow for drills and up, down, out at the end. I am a big fan of letting the students know that Jiu Jitsu is not learned in a day, so they should come back for class later in the week where we can show the rest of the material.

Said differently, don't stress if you can't get to all of the material - just break it up over the two days you teach.

One thing I try to keep in mind is that these are out future training partners, and while I want them to be well informed I also want them to know how to work hard. I mention this because we are doing such a good job making students feel comfortable that the QnA section during class is dragging on a bit. Don't feel pressured to a) answer all the questions, or b) have extended QnA periods. The best questions come after the student has worked with the material awhile. So most times before I have questions, I insist that students go down the specific road of drills techniques we are working on.

Let me know if this is helpful or if you have any questions.