First time training at new school and, it sucked

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by oldmansmoker, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. oldmansmoker White Belt

    oldmansmoker
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    53
    Holy shit, I'm used to training at a big school with lots of students of various ranks. No matter what class, we always warmup, work on basic stuff like shrimping and other bjj movements, technique then roll. Today, I was in a class full of white belts at a new, super small school. I thought they would follow a similar structure. I felt so bad for the white belts, because they were doing some really hard movements. These were 2nd day white belts and stuff. There was no shrimping or other movements to gradually get you into bjj. The had mid 40s lady drilling front flips and shit, like a vaulted somersault. Ijust feel sorry for the white belts.

    At the start of class, she told me she doesn't think she could do it anymore. I told her BJJ is super fun and easy and you just have to have fun and relax. After this shit, I think i know why she may have that perspective. There's hella old ladies at my other school. And any white belt, regardless of age, we always go through basic, slow movements, sorry guys, this is bullshit.

    Just had to rant to someone

    P.s coach didn't help walk the white belts through the technique like most coaches would. Maybe I'm just spoiled, but dat was some bullshit
     
    #1
    mattemate likes this.
  2. freakroor Green Belt

    freakroor
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,038
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    S.C. CA
    that sucks. i've been in that kind of situation before. if this gym is your only option then there's not much you can do but try to help those whitebelts learn the basics and make them better training partners. class might be BS but you can do a lot with sparring time, and you can always set up training sessions outside of class where the more advanced students teach the beginners
     
    #2
    KikoJones and Rebelfett like this.
  3. BJJ Coffee Drinker Amateur Fighter

    BJJ Coffee Drinker
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2002
    Messages:
    4,097
    Likes Received:
    151
    Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    what school is this? the coach seems like he doesnt care about the students. Total negligence
     
    #3
  4. esteven Blue Belt

    esteven
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2012
    Messages:
    763
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Wisconsin, United States
    I definitely understand your frustration. Poorly run classes drag down participation for the whole area. If that's the impression they get from BJJ, they don't just quit; they spread that perception to others.
     
    #4
    oldmansmoker likes this.
  5. Chazz Reinhold Orange Belt

    Chazz Reinhold
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2016
    Messages:
    444
    Likes Received:
    358
    Location:
    eating meatloaf in moms basement
    what rank was the instructor?? was the school affiliated with a bigger school?? sounds odd
     
    #5
  6. oldmansmoker White Belt

    oldmansmoker
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2013
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    53
    The instructor is not a black belt, just newly promoted to brown. It is an affilated school, sorry guys, just had to rant. I don't want to out anyone atm. I'll let you know how it goes when I go back.
     
    #6
  7. Was at Pride GP 2000 Brown Belt

    Was at Pride GP 2000
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2015
    Messages:
    1,761
    Likes Received:
    1,361
    Must.have been a CTC. They all suck and they are only in for the money and marketing. Probably was a 14 year old girl who was wearing a TKD black belt.

    Seriously though. Teaching isn't for everyone.
     
    #7
  8. fanboysareevil Green Belt

    fanboysareevil
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,033
    Likes Received:
    311
    What kinda gym has front flips in their warmup? The hell?
     
    #8
    Dogstarman likes this.
  9. Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

    Dogstarman
    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2006
    Messages:
    10,357
    Likes Received:
    2,558
    Location:
    On the mats
    That sucks. Is the instructor fairly young? I had a really young athletic instructor once who wanted us to do all these crazy but legit wrestling moves like suplexes and firemans carry. The problem is we were all in our late 30s and early 40s. We finally had to tell him we weren't going to do it. I mean an older guy tried it and fucked up his shoulder.

    He did show us double and single legs but he was determined for us to do these really advanced wrestling moves. It was a little bit frustrating but we were able to talk to him. He still tried and when he did we would say I will never ever do this technique. I mean he was a good guy just was stubborn about those techniques.
     
    #9
  10. PointyShinyBurn Purple Belt

    PointyShinyBurn
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,528
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    London, UK
    A suplay requires a fair bit of athleticism, but what version of a fireman's were you doing that's horribly taxing?
     
    #10
  11. Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

    Dogstarman
    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2006
    Messages:
    10,357
    Likes Received:
    2,558
    Location:
    On the mats
    Maybe he was teaching it wrong and I know I was doing it wrong but it just seemed really technical for a us older guys.
     
    #11
  12. KikoJones Orange Belt

    KikoJones
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2013
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    O-Town
    When I started at my school, there wasn't a fundamentals class. Regardless of belt color, we were all lumped into one class. Pretty frustrating. Anyway, I knew I wasn't getting what I needed with respect to fundamentals so I reached out to GB school in the next town over for private lessons. The Black Belt turned me on to one of his Purple belts that was going to Worlds and could use the spare change for the trip. Super great guy and he'd bring his younger brother to be my stunt dummy. I learned a lot. I think I leaped frog about a year in about 2 months of weekly privates.
    After about 1 year as a Blue, I started teaching Fundamentals on Saturday mornings to brand new White Belts and have been doing it ever since. I wanted to ensure that they didn't feel the frustration I felt. My way of giving back.
    You can lose a lot of new comers if you don't give them the basic tools as well as encouragement. Lost of people think that there is something wrong with them because they're not able to "do it" as quickly as they think they should be.
     
    #12
  13. j123 Pro Sherdogger 500-0-1

    j123
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2013
    Messages:
    9,424
    Likes Received:
    8,456
    Location:
    Team DaddariGOAT
    Thats strange, something like this you expect at a bigger place not a smaller one, but I guess its not always black and white.
     
    #13

Share This Page

monitoring_string = "fd5733925866a04e50edd70f38dfaa35"
monitoring_string = "603ac9fff68f23709f2a42bf5e29272b"