Archive for May, 2011

London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: The camera never lies!

May 13, 2011

It doesn’t matter how good or how experienced you are, you always need a coach. As with driving, you can get into bad habits and not even notice. At London Ju Jitsu the main instructors have a mentor, Kyoshi Mike Johnson (7th Dan) to ensure we receive our own coaching. In addition we also invite him and Sensei’s who we respect from other organisations, such as Sensei Quentin Ball and Renshi Vikartóczky Gusztáv, to run seminars for us and our students. Attending these seminars ensures that we as instructors constantly learn new things and therefore don’t stagnate.

Even with coaching when you think you’re doing something right it doesn’t mean you are however. I wish I had a pound for every time a student was surprised when I told them they were doing something they absolutely believed they were not. Modern technology has given us an advantage that our predecessors didn’t have however and that’s the ability to watch ourselves on film. Mobile phones are making this even easier. My advice therefore is to ask a friend to film you at a grading s or some other event so you can see for yourself how you really move. If like me you are supremely self-critical you’ll notice many things that need to improve. And the next time your instructor tells you what you’re doing wrong you’ll be more ready to believe him or her as you’ll have seen the proof!