I had my daughter help my son with a few drills, but turns out she learns just as fast as he does.
My son practiced the scissor sweep and the upa escape. To see if he’s doing the moves correctly, I needed someone close to his height to drill with him. The next person in this house that’s closest to his height is my youngest daughter.
She agrees to help and at the same time, I can teach her the BJJ moves. We started with my son drilling the scissor sweep from close guard, he drilled the move about 10 times. Then, my daughter tried the move and right away, got it down. I was amazed how quickly she learned it and with great execution, being her first time ever trying to execute this sweep.
People have a hard time learning this move and she got it on her first attempt. I was so shocked.
Next, we did the upa escape from bottom mount. My son does this move all the time as a warm up drill and as a regular drill. Currently in his class, their learning the scissor sweep, then person on the bottom does the upa escape.
He does it well but forgets a step everytime, so he’s practicing it more at home. After about 10 attempts, I switch the role, my daughter is now on the bottom trying to upa escape.
She has seen the move before, but after telling her the steps, she once again executes it as if she’s been doing it for a while. It’s not perfect, but just as good as a person who actually goes to class. I’m actually thinking of putting her in BJJ class after seeing what she can do.
Here is a short clip I put together to view and see how the training went.
. “Jiu jitsu and martial arts do not build character, they reveal it. We are all born with unmeasurable courage and determination, but it is as we go through the trials of rigorous training that we rediscover those gifts.”
– Ricardo Almeida