About a year ago I began bringing a notebook and pen with me to jiu jitsu so that I could take notes. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before because I am an avid note taker in almost all aspects of my life. It helps me remember things and makes learning new information much easier, since I can go back and review my notes over and over again.
I’ve filled a couple notebooks and it has helped me retain more information than I had before. But now after a year, the note taking during class has become less effective. Instead, I am now taking notes after class, which is forcing me to really analyze what was taught, review the steps in my head, and articulate them onto paper so that when I go back later, I can understand what we learned that day. I think this exercise will better help with memorization because during class, I am in the moment taking in all of the information and then after class, I am reliving it again in my head, going over each step and process.
My coach recently gave me a jiu jitsu training journal to work with. I didn’t even know they made specific journals for jiu jitsu so it’s pretty awesome. It has space for notes on drills, technique, rolling, and what you need to reflect on and improve. I’ll be writing in the journal after class and then transferring the notes here to share for additional feedback and information, as well as to hold myself accountable to actually reviewing what we learned in class and how I did.
Jiu jistu is an uphill battle that I have fallen in love with despite my lack of talent for it. I want to learn, I want to be better, I want to be able to successfully protect myself and my family if the need arises.
Feel free to leave a comment on any of the journal entries if you have information or tips to add to the content that I learned that day!
❤ La Lady Valdez