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Law Enforcement and Training

Recently I observed a shocking video of a Police Officer being choked by a what appears to be a 15 year old student. Students are recording the incident and you can hear laughter etc.

It begs the question, are our police officers and law enforcement in general trained appropriately to adequately safely do their role? It would seem the anser is no. I would like to challenge all state bodies to offer these courses and programs such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. With the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC kids are watching these and getting out there and training with their friends. Kids that are as big as adults with poor attitudes and problems with authorities cause large problems at schools and in society as a whole. Bodies should keep those that put their lives on the line to keep the community safe, safe themsleves.

Recently juvenile corrections have come into the public arena as riots and stabbings have taken place.

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/twenty-one-charged-after-riots-at-frank-baxter-juvenile-justice-centre-in-kariong-c-361493

My advice to all those on the front line. get on the mats and learn how to keep yourself safe. heck self defence lessons for you is tax deductible.

It’s a great time, come and learn some things that may keep you safe.

Craig

World Champion! Now what?

After you have reached that goal you set, and achieved it! what next?

Well, I guess it’s time to reevaluate and move on to the next goal right? Actually no. The first thing I would say to do is rest, recover and then thank all the people and spend time with those that you have perhaps maybe have spent less time due to your goals. A small lay off is Important. That does not mean not training. but a reduced capacity. It is hard to mainatain a high intensity programme without burning out. the brightest and hottest stars burn out the fasted. we long longevity in our art not a flash in the pan.

My team and I just attended the CHITF World Championships that were held in Melbourne Victoria Australia. They all did amazing and as such most had a little time off their normal training regeme. Very importanat to be able to stay focussed and move forward with motivation.

Now it is time to reset our goals and achieve them. I look forward in helping all members reach there new goals!

Craig

Why didn’t you fix it? I didn’t know it was broken!

Firstly, to parents and students past and present I want to apologise if I failed you. I am human, I err and make mistakes. What I like to think I do, once I am aware of an area that needs addressing, is try and correct it.

The first part of fixing a problem, Is knowing there is a problem! If I am unaware there is an issue, I can’t fix it. Please don’t let a problem fester it will become bigger and bigger until it explodes. I am more then approachable, as all instructors should be. We are here to help! Gone are the days where the instructor shouts from the front of class etc, or at least that’s not how I want to conduct my classes.

Students are taught via a number of methods. Teacher modeling, copying the correct example. The instructor demonstrates and students emulate. There are eight essential components of explicit instruction:

Demonstration and explanation
  1. Concept/skill is broken down into critical features/elements.
  2. Teacher clearly describes concept/skill.
  3. Teacher clearly models concept/skill.
  4. Multi-sensory instruction (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic)
  5. Teacher thinks aloud as she/he models.
  6. Teacher models examples and non-examples.
  7. Cueing
  8. High levels of teacher-student interaction.(Explicit Teacher Modeling, n.d.)

Scaffolding, the instructor build upon on what the students already know so they can synthesise the new information and take ownership. In the field of education, the term scaffolding refers to a process in which teachers model or demonstrate how to solve a problem, and then step back, offering support as needed. Psychologist and instructional designer Jerome Bruner first used the term ‘scaffolding’ in this context back in the 1960s. The theory is that when students are given the support they need while learning something new, they stand a better chance of using that knowledge independently. Bruner recommends positive interaction and three modes of representation during teaching: actions, images, and language (Scaffolding in Education: Definition, Theory & Examples, n.d.).

Inquiry method, where the student is at the centre of learning and the instructor a guide. The student is at the centre of learning. Students ask questions and search for answers while practicing. Effective inquiry is more than just asking questions. A complex process is involved when individuals attempt to convert information and data into useful knowledge. Useful application of inquiry learning involves several factors: a context for questions, a framework for questions, a focus for questions, and different levels of questions. Well-designed inquiry learning produces knowledge formation that can be widely applied (Inquiry-based Learning, n.d.).

Learning a motor skill is done through the process

https://us.humankinetics.com/products/Applying-Educational-Psychology-in-Coaching-Athletes(Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes, n.d.)

Understanding where our students are and why are important for student, instructor and parents alike.

Collaboration is another way for the students to learn from each other. Asking and answering questions in a group. Student modelling, where a more experienced student can assist the inexperienced student. Collaboration is a wonderful teaching tool. Teachers have the opportunity to assess and differentiate instruction for students more readily and they can learn new instructional techniques from one another to expand their teaching repertoire. Cooperative teaching experiences also provide mutual support and assistance for planning and implementing lessons, assessing students’ progress, sharing professional concerns, and addressing students’ learning needs. Most importantly, teaming allows more opportunities for students to understand and connect with content thereby maximizing individual learning potential (What is Collaborative Teaching?, n.d.).

Barriers to learning.

Lack of attendance.

Simply put if you lack attendance it will be very difficult to learn. There is no substitute for mat Tim and repetition.

Apathy

Get excited, the mind set has to be detailed oriented. Don’t be bored of the basics. If you can’t do the basic you can’t do the advanced.

Confidence

Being over confident can lead to arrogance and that can lead to believing in your own hype. There is someone bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic then you! and they are training hard. what are you doing to beat them? Lack of confidence can be stifling, you second guess yourself, then can over analyse. just do it. yep like the slogan, get it done then reflect and self analyse.

Parents

Yep you! Hard to hear and hard to believe! But at times enabling student to not attend training because they are tired, then are full of energy playing the PlayStation. Your enabling your child to get out of their commitment to training, and setting them up to fail. Same goes for when they are sparring, if they cop a knock and it’s not an injury, they will look at you and sometimes want to cry! Resist the edge to mother and Dote on them. It’s reinforcing that emotional response. We want them to be resilient, be able to defend themselves as hard it can be you need to say “your ok, get back on the mats”. Encourage your child to stay on the mats, when given time to practice themselves and you see them wondering off to grab a drink or have a chat. Encourage them to get in with the task set for them. Hard work pays off!

Not asking questions

Questions are encouraged! Please if you don’t understand something, ask!

Maintain an open dialogue

Parents/Carers, I have said a number of times if your happy with what we do, tell everyone! If your unhappy tell me! I can’t fix it if I think it’s not broken!

We are a team! the student, instructor and parent each play a role. It’s not just a spoon fed information and your good to go. We are all part of the learning experience. Sometimes I drop the ball! No ones perfect. But we all must be in this together. We all must be engaged for the learning process to work.

Craig

References

Explicit Teacher Modeling. (n.d.). Retrieved from fcit.usf.edu: https://fcit.usf.edu/mathvids/strategies/em.html

Huber, J. (n.d.). Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes. Retrieved February 2019, from us.humankinetics.com: https://us.humankinetics.com/products/Applying-Educational-Psychology-in-Coaching-Athletes

Inquiry-based Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.thirteen.org: https://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/inquiry/index.html

Scaffolding in Education: Definition, Theory & Examples. (n.d.). Retrieved from study.com: https://study.com/academy/lesson/scaffolding-in-education-definition-theory-examples.html

What is Collaborative Teaching?(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.topeducationdegrees.org: https://www.topeducationdegrees.org/faq/what-is-collaborative-teaching/

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

 Carlos Machado and Craig Harmer

Carlos Machado Seminar

Last night some of the team from Goulburn headed toPure Jiu-jitsu Academy to share the mats with the wonderful Carlos Machado.  It is moments like these that we as a community must remember those that came before us. The giants of the art, The Gracies, Machado families have dedicated so much of their lives to the art and we who own Academies, study the art, have so much to be grateful for. Enjoying jiu-jitsu that has been handed down through the pioneers of BJJ that has reached you and that you benefit from.  Carlos is, of course, an 8th Degree Coral Belt Professor and a wonderful instructor I have always enjoyed his seminars. This is my 3rd seminar with Carlos and probably the biggest team I have been able to take and share the mats with him. The seminar was conducted at a friend’s academy, Tony Pycroft Pure Jiujitsu. Tony has a fantastic gym and welcoming mat culture and is a RCJ Machado member (My Academy is a Will/Machado affiliate) so I enjoy catching up with the family!

The content of the seminar dealt with some fantastic concepts of pummelling, standing in base, entries to takedown, breathing, flow rolling, not getting crushed, redirecting, shoulder shrimp, Zombie, surfing using level changes and hips to pass (Entire Body) to name a few.  I want to thank Carlos and Tony for a fantastic seminar and sharing the mats and journey that is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu http://rcjmachadobjj.com/

RCJ Machado BJJ
Team Gmaa With Carlos Machado

Competition Training- As A Coach!

As an instructor,  we have many roles to play. Sometimes a competitor!  How do we find time to prepare for a competition and juggle all the important things that Coaches/Instructors have to deal with on a weekly basis. Time is limited and so will your preparation but here are some tips that I have found work for me.

  • Be specific- write down a gameplan and train for that game plan.
  • Be safe, as a coach you may be a little older, Injury is the enemy here is a link to some recovery time R.I.C.E Foam Rolling for Recovery and Injury Prevention.
  • Nutrition. Download a nutrition app that can help you get your macronutriants in order I like My Fitness Pal.
  •  Training Partners- Schedule one day a week for you at a minimum. If your unable to do that. Work your game plan and strategies into the normal class structure. Be careful to balance what your goals and students needs.
  • Solo training-conditioning,

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    Photo by Victor Freitas on Pexels.com

    research some conditioning methods or hire a PT sometimes it is nice to put yourself in the hands of others. Bag work, Footwork, mirrors, shodow boxing can help you if your a striker. now go get it done!

Good luck.

 

Craig

What do you bring to the mat?

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Sharing time on the mats can be a joy in itself  (Boltezar,2018)

We all bring something to the mat. Knowledge, attitude, enthusiasm. We all share a thirst for knowledge for the arts and want to improve be it for next rank, submission, throw or nailing that high kick. What do you bring to the mat for others? Do you share your knowledge or guard is like a golem and the precious ring?

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it’s mine

 

It’s important to share your knowledge, it builds the clubs skill level and we all improve, “The rising tide raises all ships”. Are you one of the first people to greet new members and offer yourself to train and assist them? Making new members feel at home builds and strengthens the club. Do you tag and upload images on social media? Sharing your story helps builds awareness of the club and what you do, your story is important. No-one has your story but you, but people will internalize it and reflect on it. Are you a team player? Do you wear the patch? do you bring friends in to grow the club? assist in demo’s or help clean up. All these actions make the difference between a member of a team and a customer.

A team, after all, is all members working together in pursuit of a goal.