This semester, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to my curriculum. I write out lesson plans, I take note of what works and doesn’t, and so far it has been very productive. One of the things that many Jiu Jitsu schools are guilty of is having a very scatter shot approach to teaching. Here is this random move, here is another random move, etc..
I think for adults who are training seriously, you might could get away with this. But try this on a group of kids and they will forget everything the second you are not reminding them of it.
Kids need to have information that interconnects and self references. I like learning like this too.
One very easy learning trick is to connect the new skill you are trying to apprehend to what you already know. For example, yesterday, the kids learned how to do a sit out. The next thing we learned was the knee slide pass. They can use the isolated skill of a sit out connected to the knee slide pass. A context-less move then put into a context.
I like to think of this as learning the language not the words.
Learning a word in a language is cute, but almost useless. Learning how it connects to the rest of the language is everything. We all start with words, but learning doesn’t stop there. We have to learn sentences, variations, dialects, exceptions to the rule etc..
I always strive to give kids a comprehensive vision of the sport. I’ll never be able to teach them everything, but I can give them a workable, interconnected map of the sport. In the same way you may not know every world in a language, but if you widen your scope, you can get by in almost any situation.