Note from the Wise Grappler:
If you’ve been reading my e-newsletter for a while now, you know
that I’m a HUGE fan of learning and applying the basics to
grappling training, regardless of belt rank or time on the mat.
And since I’m such a proponent of the basics, I decided to do
something with my own training to ensure that I’m practicing what I
So, check out the featured article and see who demoted me back to
the basics classes and how a demotion can apply to your own
Dedicated to improving your mat experience!
Paul Greenhill (aka The Wise Grappler)
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Feature Article: “Black Belt Demoted Back to Taking Basics Class?”
A few weeks ago, I made a decision that some of you might find to
be a little odd for a black belt to make.
I decided that I needed to go become a regular student at our
beginner white belt introductory classes.
In other words… I demoted myself back to the basics class!
I know what you’re thinking… why would a black belt need to go back
to taking the beginner classes?
To be honest with you, I think my basic techniques need more
improvement and what better place to improve on your basics than in
a BJJ class dedicated to beginners.
So, I decided to go to our basic “Grips & Sweeps” Class, taught by
one of the TLI Black Belts, Donnie Achnick.
That was one of the BEST training classes I’ve ever attended in my
Why, you may ask?
Well, there were a few reasons why it was one of the best training
classes for me:
1. I had a chance to learn from one of the best “grip fighters” on
our team with “Master Donnie”, a man who’s had the opportunity to
be a training partner with Rhadi Ferguson, a 2004 Olympian Judo
Player and OG4Life.
2. The other big deal was the fact that I taught “Master Donnie” in
his second BJJ Class ever back in 1997 and now there he was
teaching me! I don’t know about you, but that’s an instructor or
coach’s dream to not only see one of their students complete the
BJJ Journey to black belt, but to also have them teach you from the
BJJ knowledge that they’ve developed along the way.
3. Lastly, it was kinda cool to see the white belts react when they
saw me show up for class and jumped into the workout with them, not
as an instructor for which they know me, but as a classmate. I know
it’s not uncommon for black belts to train at “all levels”
grappling classes, but at a class dedicated for beginners, you
could tell it blew them away a bit and that’s good.
Hopefully, those beginners will note that I didn’t take the
approach that I’m “too advanced” for the beginner class because I’m
a black belt. Maybe they’ll realize that the “basics” are good for
EVERYONE and follow my example in the future when they’re black
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