Last night I attended a seminar put on by Master Sylivo Behring and One Hit MMA. It was a night of firsts. I had ever met a red/black belt in person. In fact, I have never been in the room with so many black belts or higher belts period. (That is me in the Camo Koral)
Before I tell you details of what we learned first let me say that being a BJJ Master is more then being highly skilled in BJJ. You need to be an excellent teacher, presenter, and moralist also. I came to realize its a whole well rounded package as I listened to him instruct, lecture, and demonstrate. He did an excellent job. I paid $60 for the seminar. It was money very well spent.
After introducing himself and giving a brief history of what brought him to where he is today, Master Behring started of with the Vince Lombardi approach of “this is a football”. We began with the “How to stand up properly in a street fight” technique. He showed us simple “tweaks”, as he called it, to improve out technique. He made it look so smooth and simple. Then we tried it. I was amazed that I need to improve so much in such a simple technique. I guess that is why he is a Master after all. We went on to talk about comfort zone ranges and how to defuse a situation. We moved on with escalation of the situation and counters or defense. I learned how to use my shrimp technique more effectively and how to defend and add “respect” for my zones. I know now what I’ve been doing wrong with Jeremy, who weighs 100+ lb. then me. I can’t wait to try it. His progressive system of teaching builds upon the previous technique or movement. I found myself learning and internalizing what was presented much quicker then I thought possible. Before the night was over I had learned a number of sweeps and submissions that flowed together and were applicable in both street and sport BJJ as well as gi or nogi.
I will be blogging more about these techniques as I ponder them and go over my notes from the night. If you ever get a chance to attend a seminar by Master Behring, do it! You won’t regret it.
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