How you train off the mats can be just as important as how you train on the mats. In addition to my note taking routine, I also do the following exercise when doing a monthly review or just looking to add new things to my game.
The Feynman technique
Named after Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, this technique has four simple steps:
- Get a sheet of paper and write the concept you’re trying to understand at the top.
- Explain the concept as if you were trying to teach it to someone who has never heard it before.
- When you get stuck, or find that your answers are lacking detail, go back to your source material for the answer.
(Credit: Ultralearning by Scott Young)
I’ve found that the Feynman technique can be easily applied to BJJ. For example, here is how I’ve used it when learning a new guard.