Thanks! I'm embarrassed as hell to admit this, but I really hadn't thought of a training log. I'm going to start that tonight!
Instructor: Pedro Sauer BB (I was there when he got it)
4 browns (3 were promoted to brown within the last two months)
somewhere between 5-10 blue belts
I can't even tell you how many white belts. It's rediculous lately! I know there's a core group of about 8-10 who show up regularly no matter what, but then, it's not uncommon for us to have upwards of 30 people in certain classes.
They do have "beginners" classes and "advanced" classes, but I go to both and to be honest there really isn't much of a difference. I think the "beginner's" classes are labeled as such so that you don't have guys showing up on their first day to roll with the brown belts, but honestly, yeah, there's not much difference.
Pick one or two moves each day, regardless of what you are taught in class that day when you start rolling work those 1 or 2 moves. Do that until you feel comfortable with those 2 then pick 2 more and repeat. As long as you sort of know how the move is done if you are practicing it against resisting people you will get better, and you can ask your partner for pointers, let them know that's what you are working on, etc...
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who posted advice to this thread. I've only had 5 classes since I posted it last week, but I am actually already starting to see a difference in my "mental" game. It obviuosly hasn't translated to the physical side yet, but I'm definately staring to "get" things a little easier. I appreciate your help!
My coach often runs his classes in a similar manner. Part of the difficulty is finding a happy medium for everyone. Some guys can learn and remember a lot more than others. More often, some moves work better for different people and some moves fit your game while others don't. Getting a broad overview of similar techniques is thus helpful for a large group of students. Granted the restricted drilling is problematic, but as mentioned take the couple that seem most intuitive and continue to work them.
I'd recommend reading these:
Originally Posted by wavy tiger
Training, Stagnation and Tapping
Maximizing What You Get Out of Rolling
Aesopian's Nuggets of Advice
I'd particularly emphasise this bit of advice from Aesopian, given the problems you're having:
Having the time and opportunity to hang around after class to work with people, presuming thats possible where you train, would definitely be a big help. One of the things I regret most about my schedule is that when class finishes, I've only got time to change and shower before rushing off to catch a train: if you've got the chance to drill some more after training, take it.
Originally Posted by Aesopian