“Think outside of the box. Your creativity is not found in your comfort zone.” – John Di Lemme
The seminar that Ido Pariente taught at LBJJC yesterday was his last one in Lincoln, and it was a great experience. I was surprised there weren’t more people there, because having a second degree BJJ black belt from Israel come to our home and teach for three hours was a rare and wonderful opportunity! Professor Greg told us that he was happy we stepped outside of our comfort zone, because it’s always beneficial to get different perspectives.
I think it’s easy to get trapped in a box in martial arts, especially if you typically study with the same instructor, so seeking training with people outside of your own school can help you grow. Everyone has unique strengths, and other teachers might explain things differently, or focus on other aspects and details, which could open up your game. Even simply rolling with someone from another school can be a great learning experience, and it helps all of us evolve when we share knowledge across the BJJ universe.
For the seminar yesterday, Ido covered standing guard breaks and passes (which is up right up my alley!), and I realized that while Greg and Ido have similar body types and styles, and I was familiar with some of the techniques Ido taught, he made me think about them in a new way. It’s almost as though I was looking at the material through a fresh set of eyes, and I was seeing things that I’d never seen before.
Ido said the students in a school usually reflect the head instructor, they’re normally good at the same things, which made me think that Professor Greg really is a perfect Jiu-Jitsu teacher for me, because he’s not a big guy, and his style is what my style aspires to be. However, that doesn’t mean he’s the only voice I should ever listen to, especially when given the chance to learn from another black belt! Not everything Ido said correlated with what I’ve learned from Greg, but now I have another way of approaching the techniques, and I can figure out what works best for me.