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29 March 2010 @ 09:29 am
I have never addressed this but I will now. The academy I train at, Hollywood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no longer affiliated with Shawn Williams but now instead with Paragon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (though our name remains the same).

Now training one way and now completely changing to another way in the past 2 months has been...as I just mentioned a change. From emotions to training methods to even how I play my game have all had to adjust. It's a transition period for my martial arts career, one in which I believe will make me a better player. At the same time currently I don't feel quite as sharp as I would like to be, so many thoughts and choices and now hesitation when I roll. So many new tools and toys to play with, trying to incorporate it into my game hasn't always been successful in my sparring. New training partners to get used to, people training harder, my own limits being pushed, even guys I used to easily beat have gotten better. Because I am so analytical it always takes me time to fine tune and adjust.

Then there are the holes in my game, the ones I never saw as well as I do now. Things I thought I should be working on in the past look like giant exposed pot holes. I was too used to being lazy in my guard. Instead of sitting up I would just fall back and rely on my leg work to find me an advantage. Instead of taking opportunities to put them on my back, I would just sit on the bottom because I didn't want to tire myself out by trying to wrestle with them and beat them to the top. My leg position makes it too easy to sweep me. Things in the past I would just accept and play my game around it. Instead of playing my game around it now, I am attacking it head on and trying to fill those holes up and play in those areas I'm not used to playing in. Now I am getting caught, by everyone. Something that didn't used to happen before. Sometimes I would go for a month or more without ever getting tapped. Now I probably get tapped every other roll. Now I realize I am truly learning. The more I tap the more I learn.
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
what happened to shawn williams?
that guy was an amazing instructor and a genuinely nice guy (been to one of his seminars before). Is he still teaching classes somewhere elsem and did a lot of students leave to go with him? I imagine he must have had a good following at HBJJ.
Samangrygrappler on March 30th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: what happened to shawn williams?
He is training at LA Judo club but I am sure he will find a more permanent spot soon.
(Anonymous) on March 31st, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: what happened to shawn williams?
Sounds like your game is getting a lot better. Is it just new instructors or are new students there as well? How is the skill level of your new training partners, and finally what do you see as the differences from the old style and the new style you are training now
Samangrygrappler on March 31st, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: what happened to shawn williams?
Its a lot of things. Now we have several black belt instructors, so that gives a lot of perspective on the art of BJJ. Most of the high belts stayed, and a lot of the new guys are also higher belts, (purple and above) so the training level has also risen. It's got that feel like, this is how it must have been at Renzos with all those high level guys and black belts all in one spot. Not to that extent but the level of the people on the mat has definitely risen.