Blind Leading the Blind

Blind persons cross hereAnd the award for the World’s Worst Jiu-Jitsu Teacher goes to…Gina “Ginger” Ethridge!

I can’t believe I won! Actually, that’s a lie, I knew I was going to win because no one deserves this more than I do, and I have no one to thank but myself. Since this is probably the only Jiu-Jitsu award I will ever win, I would like to take this opportunity to say nana nana boo boo, I suck at teaching more than you do!

Amy flew off to Hawaii and left us without a teacher for Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class yesterday, so I tried to fill her shoes, and I failed miserably! I should’ve had a better idea of what I wanted to do. At first my plan mainly consisted of slow rolling, so that I could help Joe work on some of the details, but I almost lost my student about ten minutes into class, when I became super frustrated because he couldn’t understand what I was trying to show him. I knew what he was supposed to do, but when he asked me why he was supposed to do it that way, I didn’t know the answer. So I stole Ray away from the no gi class and enlisted his help for a couple of minutes, which was very beneficial to both Joe and I. Teaching is hard! Teaching your husband is even harder!! Teaching when you still don’t have a clear understanding of all the details is the hardest of all!!!

Then a little while later Conan was kind enough to offer us his assistance, and he recommended that we just work on a particular drill where we took turns escaping side control. Things went smoother after that, and we got some good work in. I also showed Joe a drill we had done earlier this week where you escape mount to guard, and then scissor sweep to mount, setting the next person up to do the drill. Those kind of exercises are always good practice, because you don’t stop moving, and it really helps build muscle memory.

I originally told Joe that my plan for class yesterday was that I was going to submit him in every way I could think of, and he was not allowed to defend, but for some reason he didn’t think that was a good idea. I would have aced that class! I suppose what we did end up doing was much more mutually beneficial, but it took all of the fun out of being in charge! ;)

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4 comments on “Blind Leading the Blind

  1. Been there, done that. LOL!I personally do not like to teach, and have no interest in it. Unfortunately, when one 'owes' a school in some way, one has to step up to it after awhile.I find it easier to 'teach' when I consider it a sharing of info. And maybe I'm a jerk, but like I tell my teacher, 'I am going to show M. XXX kata/technique/etc. because that is what I need work on."

  2. There's been a couple of times where I was the highest ranking person at the beginning of Jiu-Jitsu class, so I was supposed to teach, but I deferred to a lower ranking student who was better at teaching. I like helping people, but I don't think I'll ever like teaching MA.

  3. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and you're not weird if you just don't like to teach or feel you're not good at it. I will say, though, that training with- or worse yet- teaching- one's significant other is fraught with peril and is generally considered a Bad Idea. It's not just you. So I wouldn't jump to judgements about teaching in general based on that particular scenario.I love to teach brand newbies. "How to shrimp." Someone who knows NOTHING, and you are teaching something very basic that you are very comfortable with. Ever do that? How did that go?

  4. I've taught Karate many times, and I'm somewhat okay with that, but I don't have much experience teaching Jiu-Jitsu on my own, so I'm still not comfortable with it. I once taught women's class to Skyler and one new student by myself, and I thought it actually went pretty well, but I still dread it.I do help teach students in Jiu-Jitsu class when I'm working with them, I just don't like it when it's in any kind of "official" capacity.And yeah, teaching your spouse is a little different, especially since Joe wouldn't take "Because I said so!" as an acceptable answer. ;)

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