Trouble Remembering Moves? No Problem
In coaching the white belt class, a question I get often is, “How do I remember all of these techniques?” I’m here to tell you that it’s near impossible to do just that. Unless you have an eidetic memory, remembering every detail of every technique would be a monumental task. The biggest trick in the book when it comes to remembering techniques is to narrow the scope. Finding two techniques in every position is traditionally the best way to build a solid foundation for the future. Another way to think about this problem isn’t to remember specific moves, but the concepts behind them. Understanding concepts can open up your game dramatically because you’ll be able to take the concept and perform it in a technique from many different positions. A third option is to take notes after class about what was taught or what happened during your rolls to help remember mistakes you made or where you want to improve. Lastly, a big way to remember something is practice. Grab a partner and drill, drill, and drill. If you want to work a specific technique into your repertoire, remember, practice makes perfect. The more you train, the more you’ll remember over time, so keep training.