Ask a Black Belt - Jiu Jitsu Podcast

Thomas Rozdzynski

Host Thomas Rozdzynski 3rd Degree Black Belt, Judo Black Belt, Instructor at RŌL Academy, Host of The RŌL Radio, Creator of RŌL TV - Submit your questions via IG: rozdzynskibjj read less
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151. Should instructor be ready for class?
Jan 29 2024
151. Should instructor be ready for class?
In this conversation, Thomas discusses the importance of instructor preparation in Jiu-Jitsu classes. He emphasizes that instructors have a responsibility to benefit their students and that being prepared is crucial for students to make progress. Thomas also highlights the distinction between knowing Jiu-Jitsu and knowing how to teach it, emphasizing the importance of teaching skills. He encourages instructors to reflect on what they will teach and how they will present the information to ensure student success. Thomas concludes by discussing the impact of unprepared instructors and the benefits of structured teaching methods.TakeawaysInstructors should be prepared for their classes to benefit their students and ensure they are not wasting their time.Knowing Jiu-Jitsu does not automatically mean knowing how to teach it. Teaching skills are separate and essential.Instructors have a responsibility to project information effectively and keep students engaged and interested.Unprepared instructors can negatively impact students' learning and overall experience.Chapters00:00- The Importance of Instructor Preparation01:20 - Teaching Jiu-Jitsu vs. Knowing Jiu-Jitsu02:18 - The Responsibility of Instructors03:14 - Questioning the Facility and Organization04:12 - Reflecting on What to Teach05:10 - The Role of an Instructor06:37 - The Impact of an Unprepared Instructor07:37 - Structured Teaching vs. Chaotic Teaching08:06 - The Different Ways of Presenting InformationAsk me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
150. Environment sets the rules
Jan 22 2024
150. Environment sets the rules
SummaryThe conversation explores the reasons behind different rule sets in tournaments and emphasizes the importance of understanding and adapting to these rule sets. It also discusses the differences between various martial arts and the challenges and benefits they bring. The key takeaway is that success in any scenario depends on understanding the rules and environment and adjusting one's approach accordingly.TakeawaysDifferent tournaments have different rule sets to make them more appealing and to differentiate themselves from the competition. Understanding the rule sets of the tournaments you enter is crucial as they create the environment and circumstances for the competition. Comparing different martial arts is like comparing apples to oranges because they have different rule sets and environments. Adapting to different environments and rule sets is essential for success in different scenarios and competitions. Knowing the rules and limitations of each scenario or training session is important for planning and reacting effectively.Chapters00:00 - Different Rule Sets in Tournaments01:00 - Understanding the Rule Sets02:19 - Comparing Different Martial Arts03:13 - Adapting to Different Environments04:12 - Success Through Understanding05:11 - Different Scenarios, Different Approaches06:11 - The Importance of Knowing the RulesAsk me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
146. Position over submission
Nov 20 2023
146. Position over submission
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the concept of "position over submission" is a fundamental principle that emphasizes the strategic importance of achieving and maintaining dominant positions before attempting a submission. Rather than solely focusing on finishing an opponent with a submission hold, practitioners are encouraged to prioritize positional control first. This approach stems from the understanding that a solid foundation of control increases the likelihood of a successful submission.In BJJ, positional dominance refers to achieving superior control over an opponent by securing advantageous positions such as mount, back control, or side control. These positions not only provide better stability but also limit an opponent's movement and defensive options. By establishing control, a practitioner can methodically wear down their opponent, making them more vulnerable to submission attempts.Positional control also promotes a patient and strategic mindset, discouraging reckless attempts at submissions that may compromise one's own position. In high-level BJJ, practitioners recognize that rushing for submissions without proper control can lead to escapes and counterattacks. Therefore, the emphasis on position over submission encourages a more calculated and methodical approach, fostering a well-rounded and effective grappling game. Ultimately, in the pursuit of victory, BJJ practitioners are taught to prioritize control, ensuring a solid foundation for successful submissions.Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
145. What makes a good instructor?
Nov 13 2023
145. What makes a good instructor?
A skilled Jiu-Jitsu instructor embodies a combination of technical proficiency, effective communication, and a genuine passion for the art. Firstly, expertise in the techniques and principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is fundamental. A proficient instructor possesses a deep understanding of the sport's intricacies, enabling them to teach with precision and guide students through various positions and submissions.However, being a good instructor goes beyond technical prowess. Communication skills play a pivotal role. An effective Jiu-Jitsu teacher can articulate complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner, ensuring that students comprehend and execute techniques correctly. Patience is crucial, as Jiu-Jitsu is a discipline that demands persistence and gradual skill development. A good instructor understands that each student learns at their own pace and tailors their teaching approach accordingly.Moreover, a passion for Jiu-Jitsu is contagious. An enthusiastic instructor inspires their students, fostering a positive learning environment. They instill discipline, respect, and a love for the art, creating a sense of camaraderie within the dojo. A good Jiu-Jitsu instructor not only imparts technical knowledge but also serves as a mentor, guiding students on their martial arts journey with encouragement and wisdom. Ultimately, the combination of technical expertise, effective communication, patience, and passion defines what makes a Jiu-Jitsu instructor truly exceptional.Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
144. Competition vs Training
Nov 6 2023
144. Competition vs Training
Ever wondered how much weight you should place on competition versus training in Jiu-Jitsu? Brace yourself for an enlightening discussion as we break down this heady topic. We delve into the irreplaceable experiences competition can offer, and how these can surge your skill progression. However, we also offer a fresh perspective for those who do not align with the competitive aspect of the sport, stressing that this experience may not be as beneficial or desirable for some.Transitioning into the second segment of our chat, we dissect the contrasting benefits derived from training and competition. Likening training to a lab - a place for experimentation, learning, and readjustments, and competition to an ultimate test - an irreversible experience that propels you to your edge. The show further underscores the mental aspect of Jiu-Jitsu, the trials that come with performing under duress and scrutiny, and how these encounters are exclusive to a competition situation. Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional, the emphasis is on everyone attempting competition at least once, to leverage the invaluable insights and mental evolution that come with it. Have more queries on this topic or want to delve deeper? Do not hesitate to reach out. Keep training, and remember, peace.Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
142. It's ok to be on the bottom
Oct 23 2023
142. It's ok to be on the bottom
Imagine yourself in a thrilling Jiu Jitsu match, but you're pinned to the ground, on the bottom. Sounds like a nightmare? Not necessarily! Let's flip the script. In this revealing discussion, we explore the rewarding challenge of being on the bottom. Drawing parallels with a World War II submarine Admiral's daring tactics, we stress how this position can actually help you discover your limits, control your anxieties, and emerge as a stronger strategist and a more resilient individual. Far from being a dreaded spot, being on the bottom can be a game-changer, enabling you to master defense and escape skills, key to every successful attack.Turns out, being on the bottom is not as boring or unexciting as most might think. In fact, it could be your secret weapon! In the second part of the conversation, we delve into the art and strategy of Jiu Jitsu. We debunk the misconception that being on the bottom is mundane and instead highlight its crucial role in building a solid Jiu Jitsu foundation. From sharing insights on making right decisions under stress to improving your Jiu Jitsu game, we arm you with the knowledge and confidence to turn the tables, literally. Overcoming discomfort can transform not just how you play Jiu Jitsu, but also how you navigate life's challenges. So buckle up, it's time to embrace the bottom.Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
137. Are you overwhelmed?
Aug 28 2023
137. Are you overwhelmed?
Ever considered walking away from jiu-jitsu due to overwhelming stress? This episode is for you. We dive straight into the heart of this topic, exploring how to deal with the feelings of being overwhelmed in your jiu-jitsu journey. We start by discussing the importance of taking a pause and reaching out to your instructors and training partners to gain a better understanding of why you're feeling this way. We delve into how jiu-jitsu ought to be a fun, engaging, and stimulating experience, but when interlaced with other life responsibilities, it can easily turn into a draining chore.We dissect the potential sources of your overwhelm, be it physical exhaustion or mental fatigue, and provide strategies to handle it. We share an enlightening story of a student in his 50s who felt burned out by attending three classes a day. By tailoring his training to his needs and modifying his schedule, he regained his love for jiu-jitsu. We also address how external pressures from family and work can impact your performance on the mat. Remember: jiu-jitsu should be a fun escape. If you're feeling overwhelmed, there's no shame in reaching out to those around you. Your instructors, coaches, and training partners can help you tackle your stress levels and continue your jiu-jitsu journey.Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com
133. How a Positive Outlook Shapes Us in Jiu Jitsu
Jul 31 2023
133. How a Positive Outlook Shapes Us in Jiu Jitsu
Have you ever been in a situation where negativity just seems to seep into every corner? Picture this: you're at an academy, or perhaps in your everyday life, and there's that one individual whose bad attitude is spoiling it for everyone. We're all about the power of positivity and the damaging effects of a negative outlook in this episode. With the help of a thought-provoking question from Johnny B, we venture into the cultures of various academies, stressing the importance of a sunny disposition, regardless of the circumstances. Spoiler alert: a bad attitude won't get you far - in fact, it could even get you expelled.Drawing parallels from my own academy, I delve into the role attitude plays in learning and teaching Jiu-Jitsu, leadership, and life strategies. While I also share some personal insights about my academy, the main focus is the significance of self-management and seeking help when negativity rears its ugly head. I urge you, listeners, to maintain an open dialogue, to reach out to your friends, training partners, and instructors, or to seek professional help when needed. Remember, one conversation could be the game-changer. Don't let a toxic environment of negativity ruin the fun and progress for everyone. After all, you can't change others, but you can definitely change your own attitude. Listen in for some revealing insights from this enlightening discussion.Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer. Links you need to check out:www.rolacademy.tvwww.therolradio.com