Hidden Jiu-Jitsu Mastery Series vol. 4: Advanced Interleaving for Creative Mastery
We’ve now come to volume 4 of the Hidden Jiu-Jitsu mastery series.
By now, you’ve been introduced to how to integrate concepts like spaced repetition, deep practice, deep attention, retrieval practice, association, and interleaving into your Jiu-Jitsu.
Today, we’re going to focus on a smaller series of movements, so that we can introduce advanced interleaving practice.
To refresh your memory, interleaving is the practice of rapidly moving between topics or pieces of information to increase the abstract understanding we have of each of the pieces or topics.
You might practice interleaving by switching back and forth between different solo drills.
Or you might practice interleaving by changing the order in which you practice different techniques or drills so that you can’t rely on a memorized pattern.
But there is an even more powerful form of interleaving, that leads to true mastery lightning fast.
And that is systematically playing with the order of different elements within the same chunk of knowledge.
For example, if you are practicing advanced interleaving with a specific Jiu-Jitsu technique, and you are used to using a right handed approach… you might mirror the technique and practice it left handed.
Or, if you’re practicing an escape from a right handed opponent, you might have your opponent mirror their attack with their left side and practice the escape that way.
Simply by making the effort to mirror the technique will give you a deeper understanding of how it works because you will be building each piece individually in a new way you’re not used to.
With these solo drills, the application might be… if you always start the sit to spin going one direction, start in the other direction.
Or if you’re used to alternating one rep to the left and then one rep to the right, try two right and two left, or two right, one left, one right, two left.
Speaking of which, here is today’s video.
You will notice there are only 2 solo drills in this series, and that is on purpose, to keep it simple to play with this new concept.
Of course, as you review the other solo drill series you’ve learned so far after this new series, you could play with interleaving the order and direction of your solo drills as well.
In case you need a refresher…
Here are the steps I would like you to take to get the most out of this:
- Watch the video one time, and one time only. Pause and take notes if you need to, or pause and practice what you’ve learned so far (remember, this is all about “deep attention” and by forcing yourself to watch the video one time, making note of each significant detail piece by piece, you will make sure to get 100% of the knowledge transfer. If you’d like to read more about why this is so effective, check out the story of Dr. David Handel here.)
- After you’ve watched the video, and mapped out each specific detail, I want you to go through the series of drills slowly for a couple minutes, being very careful to get the details right as you go.Do not move any faster than you feel you’ve got the movement down perfectly.
If you need to slow down to get it perfect, great. We should only ever go as fast as perfect form allows.
- Once you’ve gone through all the drills a couple times, (shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes), I want you to set a timer for 20 minutes from the time you’re done.
- After 20 minutes have passed since the end of round 1, review each of the drills again, and practice them in the sequence outlined in the video. Because this is a review, it should take less time than the first round, 5 mins or less.
- Once you’ve finished round 2, set a timer for 40 minutes.
- After 40 minutes has passed from the end of round 2, start round 3. Same deal. Flow through each of the movements being careful to get them right, according to each of the details you mapped out earlier.
- Once you’ve done all 3 rounds (this will happen over about an hour of time if you’ve done it right, with 20 and 40 minute intervals between each round), and review days 1-3, then you’re done. You can forget about Jiu-Jitsu for 24 hours before you hit your next practice session.
Remember to run through all of the previous days after you practice today’s work, and in case you need it, here are the links to each of the solo drills mentioned in today’s videos.