Last night I had the opportunity to take a class at 8020bjj, Dion offered this chance so that we could work on developing our ability to teach a concept and to also help our own understanding of the concept/technique we were showing.
I chose to show the Reverse De La Riva, it is a technique that has worked really well for me and it is something I continue to work on a lot.
I was pretty nervous teaching and it was not as easy as Dion makes it look!
I had tried to come up with a plan for showing RDLR, what I had planned was;
I wanted to break it up into 4 parts, First I wanted to just show and intro the technique, its relation to De La Riva and what sort of guard it is, this is also one thing I pretty much forgot to do, I did write down that the guard is a long range guard that can also be played in close range and works well against standing passers, I failed to mention this, I also planned to point out that it works well with the Berimbolo game but again, something I forgot.
Second, I wanted to show the guard, how I use it(as that is all I know) and when to use it, I used Matt for my Uke and I think I did show the RDLR benefits, specifically against knee-cut pass.
My estimates for time, how long I would spend with the first two parts went out the window and I lost track of time at this point.
Third part was to get everyone to try the guard. Something I have noticed when Dion shows a technique, sometimes he will get us to practice a specific aspect of the technique and leave out the other parts, this was my plan.
I wanted to let everyone try the guard in a way that would work for them as I remember when I first started playing around with DLR and RDLR it didn’t feel natural, so I expected people to have this reaction to the guard, I figured if I just get them playing with the RDLR hook it may make it a little easier.
At this point I had “planned” to go to the Fourth part, show the full move, the sweeps that you can do and the mighty Kiss the Dragon and then guard passing! timer drills! but I realized that if I just put the timer on and said to guard pass but use the RDLR, it would soon just turn into rolling.
So instead of doing that I just tried to get everyone to expand on the drill, now the hook and the hand grip, add the foot to the hip etc.
I think at that point I kind of just went in to “what would I drill” mode and asked them to do that.
The good news is that I saw some awesome RDLR and some smooth Kiss of the Dragon and a lot of people adjusting the technique for their own attributes.
It was hard, but it was fun and it helped me to really look at a technique that I use and break it down, when we rolled at the end of class I tried to use Reverse De La Riva at every chance I could.
Dion mentioned at the end of class that you learn from your partners, so it is important to be able to make them the best training partners possible because that will benefit yourself.
This was something I could see after showing RDLR, when using it in the rolls everyone was aware of the technique and had an understanding of what I was trying to do, how I was going to do it and when, this makes it harder for me and forces me to improve.(and as a by-product of that, they improve!)