One of the best things about learning Jiu Jitsu isn’t the Jiu Jitsu at all. It’s the regular opportunities to learn about learning. More specifically: about how I learn.

Jiu Jitsu is complicated, and I remember when I first started I used to struggle to internalise anything that I learned. I couldn’t remember the steps as I was taught them and it frustrated the hell out of me.

Now, I still can’t remember something when it’s taught to me in a series of steps, and I’d be willing to bet most other people can’t either. I’ve learned that learning the fundamentals is how I remember.

If I learn the fundamentals underpinning a technique, I can remember what happened. Learning the fundamentals helps me to get creative with the technique too and shows me how I can expand on it.

Don’t just learn a technique, spend time learning the fundamentals underneath the technique. Those things will take you further quicker.