Noticed recently when setting out to drill I usually end up spending more time studying, tweaking, experimenting, and hopefully improving the mechanics of a position than doing reps. Why? Cause it’s my favorite thing to do in Jiu-Jitsu. This is an analytical approach to Jiu-Jitsu.
In an attempt to see outside the box, asked myself what other doorways there were to learning Jiu-Jitsu?
Well, drilling would be a disciplined approach, but we all know practitioners who hardly do a lick of formal drilling and still tear up the mat, so calling the skill-set of these naturals an intuitive approach.
In reality, all three skill-sets (analytical, disciplined, intuitive) are likely present during a learning process to some degree, with one of the skill-sets at the foreground driving the other two…
In my case the discipline gets in by staying with a position as long as needed, and ideas intuitively pour in as a result of long-term analytical study:
On the other hand, my Coach seems to have an intuitive understanding of leverage, using disciplined sparring to hit a position over and over which creates a forged, almost organic stream of analysis born out of movement.
What’s your process like and how does it nurture your strengths?