Originally Posted by Pete the beat
I've been training under him for a few years now and when I was a white belt and the first year as a blue belt I kind of had a difficult time understanding what he was teaching. I just did not understand it and the moves he was teaching weren't working for me at the time. It was so much about feelings and flow and I just did not get it. I don't know why but I understand what he is teaching so much better now and I think he is a great teacher, especially for wrestling. He teaches us a lot to stay relaxed and not tense up.
This teaching of feelings and flow is very unique and something a like a lot now.
I get why that could be hard for a beginner, and I don't think that's the way to start teaching most people, since you need a certain level of comfort with how your body works in that situation and basic grasp of positions, moves etc. Then after it starts becoming more automatic, it's a great way, because it encourages more subconscious processing which is vastly more powerful (more brain resources alotted) than conscious processing. Every master of any art experiences a degree of "losing oneself", which stems from his skills having become mostly automatic and he in turn can then experience what he is doing without thinking about it. At that point the conscious mind is more of a hindrance than it is an advantage.
A common theme with fighters is that "I have to go watch my fight, I don't remember", due to most of what is happening in the cage is subconscious. Getting punched in the head probably doesn't help with conscious recollection either. ;)