I, Liam Wandi, have been writing The Part Time Grappler Blog for a few years now, which is more than I ever anticipated. I initially started it as a platform for me to both jot down a few ideas on how I think Part Time Grapplers need to tailor their training and also show others in the same boat that we are indeed the majority of Grapplers out there.
Today, the blog has become a huge success that has allowed me to interview the greats of the sport and learn their grappling- and time management secrets. Let's listen to what they have to say.
BJJ Private lessons? Ask These Questions First!
One of the best things that separates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from just about every other sport on the planet is that its top instructors and competitors are (often) accessible to the general public. You can schedule a private lesson with just about anyone, even at a pretty reasonable cost. Private sessions are an excellent solution to time constraints on regular training or as a booster to it. Before you schedule your first private session with me, or any other jiujitsu teacher, I recommend you ask yourself and them some of the questions discussed here.
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How to get really good at jiujitsu, really fast! The 6 steps of Deliberate Practice.
In his book "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" (link below) Professor Anders Ericsson talks about the fastest and most reliable way to climb to excellence within any field through a process called Deliberate Practice. This can easiest be introduced through the 6 steps outlined in this podcase.
How many times will you spar before reaching the black belt?
Being a numbers guy, I thought I'd investigate the general parameters of the following question:
"How many Jiujitsu sparring rounds has the average black belt participated in?"
As you can imagine, the variables are many but, as with many of these questions, not as many as you'd think. Human beings are far more predictable than we give ourselves credit.
I hope you enjoy listening to this podcast. If you have any tips or comments, please find the "Mail Me" link through the blog: http://parttimegrappler.blogspot.co.uk/
Why I do these podcasts
Why do I do these podcasts? Simply put, because I want to get even better at communicating my ideas and thoughts. As a teacher, it's kinda important.
The other reason is because putting my thoughts out there for all to see (hear) scares me a little (a lot) and I don't like (I hate) being scared of...well, anything!
In this episode, I share an interview I did a few months ago with one of the greatest grapplers of all time, Mr Roger Gracie (https://rogergracie.com/) where we discussed, among many things, what motivates him to train and improve, the secret to having a successful academy and how he wants people to remember him.
As I mention in the outro, I'm new to this and all feedback and/or topic suggestions are welcome. Please send me an email though: http://parttimegrappler.blogspot.co.uk/
Many thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the episodes.
Part Time Grappler Podcast Episode 3: Trust me...Move your hips!
Today’s podcast is not about any technique or strategy in particular.
Not too long ago I was at the lunch time session at the HQ academy (http://ekbjj.com/) and professor Kone was busy giving some instructions to the group of dedicated grapplers that were still on the mat at way past the end of the session. As I was putting on my shoes, I heard him say:
-“ Trust Me…Move Your Hips!”
Magic begins when you do these two things.