The Purpose of Drilling In Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai
Why do we drill in our Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes?
Drilling consistently allows us to make our techniques automatic and this is the best way to make your techniques effective. There is no other element that is more important to mastering your Jiu Jitsu and Thai boxing techniques than drilling. The same is true for any other sport or martial art – a few punches and kicks is not enough preparation to say you’re ready to climb into the cage with Chuck Liddell. It takes hundreds and thousands of repetitions to hone a skill to into an effective tool. The great master Bruce Lee said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” In Jiu Jitsu, we do the same with our arm-bars, sweeps and submissions. In Thai boxing, we do it with our kicks, punches and knees. Here at Robot, Bots don’t drill their techniques to become GOOD – they drill to become MASTERS.
One example of a drilling technique we use to take students from good to excellent is called “speed drilling.” This is a type of drilling where Bots practice a movement such as a submission from closed guard or punch combinations as fast as they can in two minutes. Speed drilling improves timing (mental acuity) and improves speed (actual physical movement) on any one technique. When we use speed drilling over and over our bodies will make these movements without thought, which is necessary to use techniques in live scenarios, like sparring or self-defense. That way, speed drilling occupies a space between standard drilling and live sparring – serving as a link between the cooperative learning we gain from drilling and the active learning we gain from sparring.
Let’s remind our Bots that drilling is a test: with the discipline to drill with focus, we can accelerate movement across the Bots’ learning curve. Being diligent with drilling will reward Bots with a learning skill that will take them all the way to Black Belt in both martial arts and life!
Student of the Month for May, 2014!
The Bots Martial Arts Student of the Month Is…..Owen Garcia AKA “O”! Owen has been training at Robot for about a year and has made marvelous progress in that time. It used to be a struggle to get him starting in his warm up, but now he always comes to class ready to go! He is a hard worker in both Jiu Jitsu and Thai boxing as well as a great training partner for his fellow students. He is always looking to get in another round of sparring – it’s definitely his favorite part of class. Side note – even his cartwheels have come a long way since he first started with us!
Here’s Owen doing a killer pull up on the TRX!