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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