I Forget My Techniques When I Roll

I once saw a new student who was astonished at how, once the roll started, he completely forgot the techniques he had been drilling in class.

He is not alone. I have observed many new students drill a technique smoothly and competently during the instructional portion of class only to forget it once they start rolling.

When I roll with students, I will steer them into the position that we studied in class and pause to give them time to react.

The students go blank.

I point out to them, “This is the position that we just did in class. Do the move we just learned!”

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Credit: Mark Mullen / Jiu Jitsu Times
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About the Author:

Nino Schembri
Nino “Elvis” Schembri is considered one of the most technical practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the history of the sport, holding the titles of the “Most Technical Competitor in ADCC 2001”, five times “Brazilian National Champion”, twice “Pan-American Champion” and twice “World Champion”. His BJJ training started at age of 5 years old, at 13 Nino was training elite and finally was promoted to the acclaimed rank of black belt at age of 20, under master Carlos Gracie. A successful path requires the right mentors.

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