Be bad. Have fun. Go Slow. Take your time. These are the four keys to successful learning. Understanding the four keys will help you build a solid foundation critical for future success.
Thus the principle, from the very beginning, is not one of aggression, but of flowing with things.
– Jigoro Kano
Bad Is Good
Learning is a skill. Learning to practice correctly is a skill. The way we practice at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore is based on four key concepts.
The first step to being good at something is being bad at it. This might seem silly but many students want to be good before they even try. This mental pressure interferes not just with the learning process, but also the wonder of learning something totally new.
Don’t try to be perfect as you start learning Jiu Jitsu. Practice without pressure. You will learn best this way.
“If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing.”
– John Wooden
Fun Is Good
Have fun. Relax. Laugh. Enjoy your mistakes. Play around.
Our brains learn not just through repetition, not just through trial and error, they learn through fun. When you have fun, you are more open; when you are more open, you help spur the learning process.
If you have fun, you will progress faster.
“The creation of something new is not created by the intellect, but by the play instinct.”
– Carl Jung
Slow Is Good
Go slow in practice. Not just slow, but in slow motion. This kind of training is crucial for learning new skills. In Jiu Jitsu, you never stop learning new skills.
Slow-motion movement allows the nervous system to process new information.
Muscle memory is really neural memory. You are helping the nervous system create new connections that are the key to learning.
Incredible video of neurons working to make new connections. This is the process of learning inside the nervous system.
“I like to train each technique very slowly, paying attention to each detail. You need to start in slow motion.”
– Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, 4x Jiu Jitsu World Champion
Patience Is Good
Jiu Jitsu is so much at first. You learn all kinds of incredible techniques. You feel a new kind of power as you learn control and submissions. You can feel incredible enthusiasm. Don’t let yourself get tricked. Jiu Jitsu takes a long time to learn.
As the head instructor at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore, I’ve seen dozens of students come and go. Each one comes in with different ideas and goals. However, almost all leave for the same reason. They tried to go too fast.
Take your time. There is no rush. You can not go too slow learning Jiu Jitsu. You can only go too fast. Patience is good.
“Don’t try so hard to make things work. What is meant to be will come naturally.”
Learning Jiu Jitsu is based on this four-part method. Don’t put pressure on yourself to learn a new technique by thinking you should be good at it. Be bad. Make learning fun as you progress.
Practice in slow motion. Learning takes place after the work, behind the scenes.
Once you have understood the method, all new techniques will become easier for you to learn.
“You can maintain comfort in any environment as long as you have a solid foundation within.”