This poll idea recently came our way in a note from overseas:
Just another one of the Mighty 600,000 here. Thanks for your podcasts (you too Dan). Keep up the great work.
Thought I’d throw you something that may be a worthwhile discussion.
I’m relatively new to BJJ (6 months of training), but not to sport or fitness. I have a background in coaching sports. I also have done a bit of personal training with athletes looking to improve their games. Point being: I know how to study, apply, and communicate that knowledge to others.
My BJJ academy has quite a lot of white belt students. It’s a young school that’s run by quite a competent purple belt. The topic I’d like to throw out there is that of students teaching other students, and what that might look like at other schools. A poll could look something like this:
What is your school’s stance on students teaching students?
– At my school only the official instructor teaches
– At my school training partners are encouraged to teach each other, no matter what the rank
– At my school you can only teach if you’re blue belt or above
Or something along those lines.
What makes me bring this up is that there are a few guys at my academy that seem to think it’s their job to teach any lower rank (like a 1 stripe teaching a no-stripe). Now, I understand sport. I know how to critique my own game, see holes, and can figure out where to get quality information to fill those wholes. I know how to adjust, train, and apply. What quickly happened is that I was recognizing wrong instruction from this “seasoned” white belt. He was simply teaching wrong BJJ. As I’ve sparred with more and more guys, I’ve come across more and more “teaching”. One guy stops you in mid-roll to talk you through things that are all feel. What he’s not realizing is that in BJJ 98% of the feel he’s trying to teach can only be taught “at pace”.
It would be interesting to hear what others think about white belts trying to teach, even other new white belts. Surely, we just haven’t seen enough BJJ to be able to teach.
What do you think? Is it alright for white belts to be teaching others? How about blue belts? Does it all depend on the mix of experience in the room?
Let us know your thoughts by voting and feel free to add a comment as well!