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Roy Harris >> Learning from your students?


2/15/08 3:34 PM
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Hi Roy, What are some major things you've learned from your students? Not in terms of managing business or in communicating/teaching but in terms of performance. Have any of your students pushed you to be better? I have a student who is very good at pinning in side control - he's forced me to be very good at pin prevention and escaping. I have another student who is very good with foot and leg locks - he pushes me hard to defend these. He's also very good with closed/rubber guard. You've said awhile ago to not allow opponent to close their guard and this is the thing I focus on the most when grappling with him. It's helped me a lot.
2/26/08 5:54 PM
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sovann, I have learned a ton of things from my students. Many of these things have appeared on my instructionals. Here are a few things I have learned over the years: 1. Loyalty. 2. Patience. 3. Consideration. 4. Adaptability. 5. Compassion. 6. Timing. 7. Distancing. 8. Awareness. 9. Thousands of subtle details. 10. Positioning. By repeatedly making myself vulnerable to my students, I have learned a great deal about the Jiu Jitsu game. Roy Harris
2/27/08 8:34 PM
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Roy, That is a great list. I hope I can grow and learn in those areas. One thing I've learned is that teaching/coaching can be very frustrating at times but when it does go well it is a very rewarding feeling. I used to tell myself I would not be a good teacher because I am not a creative person, I am more analytical, but I am enjoying what I am learning in grappling and in life these days.

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