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Rafael Lovato Jr wraps up a week at Toronto BJJ
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Sunday, 18 July 2010 11:13
I thought it was pretty cool that Rafel has decided to teach a class on Saturday even though he was flying out that day and had taught 6 days in a row so I jumped over to the academy to take in the lesson and to grab the group picture of course!
We reviewed some of the drills and had a Q&A session about the positions we had been taught this week. The class ran for just over and hour and then it was open mat and when I looked around people where already working on the knee through guard pass or playing around with Spider Guard
I caught up with Rafael before he took off I asked him about his week at the academy and he replied "I had a great week - I got to teach alot and try to give everyone an idea of my perspective on some positions and let them see what my Jiu Jitsu is like - the response was great I think eveyone had a good time and I got to train Muay Thai with mauricio and I really really enjoyed that. I love exchanging technique with him. He would show me Muay Thai and I would show him some Jiu Jitsu I learned alot and I just had a great time. I got some good training in with you guys here and I think I got to leave my mark here so I'm happy about that"
He again reminded me about the importance of drilling - one of his main messages of the week: "They are important for everyone whether beginner of advanced whether it is drillig a technique or just movements ...hip movements to help you be more fluid and be able to control your body more to make it easier to learn technique later or just actually drilling specific techniqes that you use alot whether it is from the bottom or the top or taking the back...just all your main techniques and as you get more and more advanced you can turn technique drill into flow drills where your doing 1 move combined with another combined with the next so it helps your transitions and your reaction speed so i am just a huge fan or drills - I like to drill... alot of people don't like to drill... they would rather roll or learn something new but you know ..repition is very very important for learning - the more you do it the more times that your body is immediatly reacting in that certain way it means it is gonna be easier to perform that certain move when it matters"
There's no denying how fortunate we are at Toronto BJJ to get to train and learn Jiu Jitsu with such exceptional teachers... Xande and Rafael and Saulo and Jorge and Eduardo...Paulo, Leo, Regis...These guys come and really train with us and don't just go through the motions. They leave something of themselves here - some of their energy and essence when they leave and I truly believe that. At Toronto BJJ - There is always 'Just something in the air..." - something legit.
I will be taking this last piece of advice from Rafael with me on the next stage of my journey and it's a message to us all...
"Drill, review - work on eveything you learned - stay consistant - take it 1 day at a time and just try to be a little better this week than you were last week. Be a little better next month than you were this month - keep pregressing, take it day by day and have fun."

I thought it was pretty cool that Rafael had decided to teach a class on Saturday even though he was flying out that day and had taught 6 days in a row so I jumped over to the academy..


We reviewed some of the drills and had a Q&A session about the positions we had been taught this week. The class ran for just over and hour and then it was open mat and when I looked around people where already working on the knee through guard pass or playing around with Spider Guard

"I had a great week - I got to teach alot and try to give everyone an idea of my perspective on some positions and let them see what my Jiu Jitsu is like - the response was great I think everyone had a good time and I got to train Muay Thai with Mauricio and I really really enjoyed that. I love exchanging technique with him. He would show me Muay Thai and I would show him some Jiu Jitsu I learned alot and I just had a great time. I got some good training in with you guys here and I think I got to leave my mark here so I'm happy about that"

There's no denying how fortunate we are at Toronto BJJ to get to train and learn Jiu Jitsu with such exceptional teachers... Xande and Rafael and Saulo...Paulo, Leo, Regis...and of course and Jorge and Eduardo...These guys come and really train with us and don't just go through the motions. They leave something of themselves here - some of their energy and essence when they leave and I truly believe that. At Toronto BJJ - There is always 'Just something in the air..." - something legit.

...when I pointed out to Rafael that he was getting a small black eye after sparring with Mauricio he laughed..it happens.


Rafael demonstrating a drill with Mike

"Drills are important for everyone whether beginner of advanced whether it is drilling a technique or just movements ...hip movements to help you be more fluid and be able to control your body more to make it easier to learn technique later or just actually drilling specific techniques that you use alot whether it is from the bottom or the top or taking the back...just all your main techniques and as you get more and more advanced you can turn technique drill into flow drills where your doing 1 move combined with another combined with the next so it helps your transitions and your reaction speed so I am just a huge fan or drills - I like to drill... alot of people don't like to drill... they would rather roll or learn something new but you know ..repetition is very very important for learning - the more you do it the more times that your body is immediately reacting in that certain way it means it is gonna be easier to perform that certain move when it matters"

I've had a great week at school...Gradually I am getting back to full speed and I plan on heading over to open mat after I finish writing this to work on some of my drills of course! I will be taking this last piece of advice from Rafael with me on the next stage of my journey and it's a message to us all...

"Drill, review - work on everything you learned - stay consistent - take it 1 day at a time and just try to be a little better this week than you were last week. Be a little better next month than you were this month - keep progressing, take it day by day and have fun."

Toronto BJJ - July 17th 2010 
with Rafael Lovato Jr 
Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association
 

 

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