The value of BJJ seminars and camps


Kroyler’s Pro-Tip on the value of seminars and camps….

So, this will be a rather short pro-tip because this should be evident even to the layest of layman…

Nonetheless here we go.

What are Seminars/Camps?  What is the difference between a regular class and a seminar?What is the value of Seminars/Camps? What should you expect? How to maximize the Seminars/Camps? When should you do them?Tournament or seminar?  We’ll finish off on tips on seminars.

1.What are Seminars/Camps?

a.Seminars are essentially a highly concentrated dose of knowledge that is being presented to you in a 2-3hr time period. That concentrated knowledge can be used to boost your Jiu-Jitsu game and be used as a catalyst to take your game to a new level.

b.Camps are very much like seminars however they are usually 3-7 days long, which means high level of focus for several days in which you are receiving concentrated knowledge. But you are usually removed from stress of the day to day life as usually you are in a beautiful fun vacation spot.

2.What is the difference between a regular class and a seminar?

a.In a regular class, your coach will take the class period (roughly 1-1.5hrs) to present 1 or 2 techniques and allow you to practice it and give you time to roll.

b.In a seminar you can find a subject matter expert on a topic (this is not always true, but it is usually the case), not that your instructor isn’t an expert. But getting a seminar with John Danaher on leg locks, or a boxing class from Mike Tyson, is not the same as it would be from your day to day instructor. Now if it is, if you are having regular classes with people of that caliber than you’re very lucky and seminars and regular classes don’t have that much of a difference. If that’s thecase, please appreciate your instructor and your instruction.

3.What is the value of Seminars/Camps?

a.Getting concentrated doses of knowledge, with usually a subject matter expert or a world class instructors and being able to ask questions and get an immediate response is incredibly valuable. If I have to explain that to you there are bigger issues at hand.

b.Usually the knowledge presented to you at a seminar is essentially a dissertation on a topic that took the instructor years of research and trial and error. This means that you can learn all that research in a much shorter amount of time.This will save you years of trial and error and research.

4.What should you expect?

a.An overload of information, whether its an overload of details in positions you thought you knew; or the application of a concept you hadn’t thought of; or just a new combo and brand-new techniques.

5.How to make the most of them?

a.TAKE NOTES!!!!!!!!

b.ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!

c.WRITE DOWN THE ANSWERS IN YOUR NOTES!!!!!!!

d.ASK MORE QUESTIONS!!!!!

e.DRILL THE TECHNIQUES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR WATCHING AND ASK FOR CRITICISM!!!!!

f.REVIEW YOUR NOTES

g.DRILL THE POSITIONS FOR A FEW WEEKS POST SEMINAR/CAMP

6.When should you do them?

a.Anytimethere’san opportunity to do one you should.

b.Its essentially a cheat code to learnyears worth of hard-earned knowledge in a few hours or days.

7.Some people always ask better to spend my money on seminars or tournaments? If I am fiscally limited…

a.While there is a great value in competition, the benefit to your overall andlong-termjiu-jitsu is in the seminars.

8.Tips on seminars?

a.Do your research on the instructor and lineage, meaning did he or does he have a good education?

b.Do your research on how good of an instructor they are, look up reviews, or ask people that have attended the seminar about their experience or search social media for peoples thoughts on the seminar. They are usually there and easily found.  Remember not all instructors and black belts are created equal.

c.All seminars will help you, but if you are limited as to how many you can take for whatever reason, look for seminars on topics that you struggle with.

d.Take a teammate, it’s not as intimidating then, and you’ll have a partner that you know to drill with right away.

I think that gives a brief overview on seminars and camps. Hope you all enjoyed despite the kindergartener reading this. For all those of you that attended my seminars this last weekend, thank you all for coming out.

Kip Dice