Jiu-Jitsu Questions Answered

Jiu-Jitsu Questions Answered

By

BJJ Black Belt – Eddie Fyvie

Questions…

  1. I am a Blind, 34 Year Old, BJJ White Belt. Do you know, or could you point me in the direction of instructional with THOROUGH and DETAILED explanations?
  2. Do you know of any other Blind BJJ practicioners that I could chat with, to find out what has worked for them?


Adaptation

Jiu-Jitsu for everyone. This statement is something I preach on a regular basis. BJJ has a place in everyone’s life and it is a rare activity that can completely a adapt  to all physical abilities and lifestyles.

Amputees, hearing impaired, vision impaired…It does not matter. Jiu-Jitsu can adapt to you.

Self-Defense, Sport, Hobby…It does not matter, Jiu-Jitsu can adapt to you.

Rich, Middle Class, Poverty…It does not matter. Jiu-Jitsu can adapt to you.
Answers…

I have had limited experience working with Blind students. Although I have limited experience in this field, I have researched the subject extensively. This way I am prepared when I have the opportunity.

I have always believed that you should look OUTWARD first. The information is out there. The experience and wisdom of others is out there. So for question ONE, I am going to provide THREE links and TWO instructors to check out.

Russell Redenbaugh

A BLACK BELT under the Migliarese brothers in Philadelphia. He is an incredible ambassador for the art. Check out this audio and video from YouTube, featuring Russell and Phil Migliarese.
https://youtu.be/3xty8T2L7VM

Nathan Russell 

A student of the prestigious Gracie Academy in California. Listen in for some great insight!
https://youtu.be/RFCwnT4J1HE
Max Lamm

Check out this incredible video of 13 year old, Champion Wrestler, Max Lamm. Overcoming the adversity at such a young age and doing it triumphantly!
https://youtu.be/srinqyyr6AE

There is a lot of visual instructional available, but not all of them provide the audio and explanation you are looking for. However…there are two individuals that stand out and can be a great resource.

Roy Harris & Roy Dean
Both of these gentleman provide EXCELLENT info and extreme articulation. You should benefit greatly from listening. They have an incredible amount of content available as well.

THREE Final Suggestions

Suggestion #1.
I think that private lessons would benefit you immensely. Perhaps just in the beginning. This investment will allow you to “FEEL” Jiu-Jitsu. This will build a strong foundation for you to grow upon.

Suggestion #2
. Rickson Gracie says it best “Stop DOING Jiu-Jitsu and start FEELING Jiu-Jitsu.” Utilize your powerful sense of FEEL and TOUCH to help understand the technique. Listen deeply, but feel what is happening. The most important part of your practice will be the drilling, not the listening. Even if you miss a detail in the explanation or something isn’t explained, make sure you FEEL the technique.

Suggestion #3
. Your training/drilling partners may not understand the best learning methodologies for you. It is crucial that you relay the importance of FEELING the technique. A classic teaching mistake is OVER EXPLAINING. You will learn a lot more rapidly if they keep the verbal instruction to the essentials and let you feel their movement, touch, and connection.
Congratulations, I look forward to the day you are a Black Belt. You are living proof of the POWER of Jiu-Jitsu and proof that Jiu-Jitsu is truly for EVERYONE.
Thank you for stepping onto the mats and inspiring.

Eddie Fyvie

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