"My way or the highway"

2014-06-09 12:22:50
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Have you ever walked into a BJJ academy and felt like the instructor thinks that his/her way is the be all and end all of Jits?

I have and let me tell you, there is nothing further from the truth!

In my academy (EvolutionMAFA.com) you will find a variety of instructors from Blue belts teaching kids to Purple, Brown and Black belts teaching adults. Why you may ask?

I have learned over the last 14 years of training BJJ and other martial arts that no matter how or who you teach, there is always a discrepancy/variance on people's size, build, flexibility, ability to learn and ultimately, ones thought track. So what does this actually mean? It means that in order for ones school/students to achieve maximum potential, the head instructor needs to be cognisant of all these variables and understand that the more perspectives a student can see, the better they can pick and choose what pertains to THEIR game and adapt it.

I unfortunately spent a great deal of time in the past trying to become a fighter like others instead of focusing on molding my own game. I learn from white belts daily and if I was so egotistical to think that I know it all, I would be doing everyone a disservice. I am a true believer that a good instructor can point out a particular students potential, style and ability and then give them the instruction and tools to maximize that.

At the end of the day, I don't want my students to be clones of me but rather individual players who are given free reign to create the most efficient game for themselves. My job is to guide them there!

Happy rolling!

Professor Toma Dragicevic

I started training in 2000 under the guidance of Rickson Gracie and Slavko Ilic who was an affiliate of his at the time. After training to my blue stripe under Rickson, I was then left coach less as Slavko had moved to another city. For the next year and a half I had just drilled the previous techniques that I learned with a sparring partner as video or footage in terms of instructionals was non existent.

It was then (2002) when I met Scott Schilling who also was a blue belt under Rickson but freelance at the time. I began training with Scott and we eventually affiliated with Sylvio Behring who is now a Master in BJJ whom I received my Blue and Purple belt from.

Shortly after that Scott and Sylvio had parted ways and I decided to stay local with Scott as Sylvio was based in Brazil. I continued my journey and eventually got my Brown and then finally Black belt in December 2011.

Today I am proudly a Black belt under Robson Moura and have created and grown a great program at my Academy, Evolution/Robson Moura BJJ.

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Nancy Cartwrite

2014-06-11 11:16:28
Great article, I believe everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn. As a member of a gym I find it much easier to learn from an instructor who is open to questions and will give extra direction than someone who aims to intimidate and force information down my throat. Keep up the great work Professor!

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