One of the reasons I think that Greg Lawson, the professor at Lincoln BJJ Center, is an awesome teacher is because he’s always answered everything I’ve ever asked. I don’t usually ask a ton of questions, but sometimes I need clarification, and the most common thing I ask is “Why?”, because it helps me to understand and remember techniques when I know why it’s important to do (or not do) it a certain way.
Professor Greg’s technical knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu runs deep, and there has only been one time when I asked him why and he didn’t have an answer. Then a little while later, he came back to me and said “I know why!”. I think it bothered him that he couldn’t answer my question, so he thought about it until he figured it out, which is a sign of an instructor who truly cares.
Even though I’m a 45 year-old woman, Greg has never treated me differently than any of his other students. He’s honest, and he tells me my mistakes. He doesn’t patronize me, and when we roll, he almost always takes my back and chokes me, which he’s going to keep doing until I get good enough to stop him! I have gotten better at prolonging the inevitable, but it still usually ends with me choking pretty quickly.
The Professor gives personalized instruction, telling me specific things he believes I should focus on, and he’ll let me know when a technique probably won’t be the best for me, but he says I should still know it anyway, for when someone tries to use it on me. I’m not the fastest learner, but he always has patience, and he doesn’t make me feel like I’m a bother.
I trained Jiu-Jitsu for four years before LBJJC opened, but I don’t think most things really started clicking for me until Greg became my instructor, and I’m having more fun now! The Professor teaches almost every class at Lincoln BJJ, and I hope the school continues to grow, so that it can be his only job, because he’s great at it, and he deserves it!