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25. Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #2 – There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly. November 17, 2008

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Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter #2 -There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly.

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There is an old phrase that goes:

‘Neither use, nor ornament’ – that is used to describe something as having no functional use or aesthetic qualities.

Now what Chris Haueter plus Darren and Helen Currie have taught me is the importance – grips, hooks, positions etc have in being both useful and also ornamental (Technically sound).

Well kind of, it boils down to the fact that there is a big difference between having something and actually using it.

For example if you take a collar grip – all you’re doing is holding a bit of cloth but when you start to use it – say pull, push, twist, turn it, all of a sudden it has value and use.

The same can be said for (more…)

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24. Things I learnt from Chris Haueter – #1 Starting a roll from your knees isn’t as useful as starting it in different positions. November 14, 2008

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Things I learnt from Chris Haueter – #1 Starting a roll from your knees isn’t as useful as starting it in different positions.

Most grappling clubs start sparring with both people on their knees and whilst this minimises the injuries that sparring on the feet has, I don’t think it’s the most efficient use of limited class time.

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I agree that it’s fair and even, but why not start with one person in closed guard, in side control or in back control etc? By doing such a thing you’re in the thick of the action straight away and not dancing around the mulberry bush just to get started.

I think taking such an approach is also a really useful way of building the repetitions of breaking a closed guard, getting out from under side control or keeping on someones back (All fundamental core skills that can never be worked enough).

But you don’t have to stop there you can start from any position.

If for instance you’ve just taught a class on De la Riva guard, how inefficient is it if everyone then starts to roll from their knees? Yes, eventually one person will end up in guard but why not save some time by starting with one person in De la Riva guard? Then if someone progresses to a tap etc, then they end up in De la Riva guard, giving the other person a go. This gives both people a chance to work what has been covered, work opposing sides of the material and is a more efficient use of your time. (more…)

23. Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter November 13, 2008

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Last week I had the pleasure of training twice and having a roll with the legendary Chris Haueter. It was a privilege to host him at our gym and we all learnt soo much.

So in this mini-article I’m going to give you an overview of Things I learnt from – Chris Haueter. I will then expand some of the points into separate entries with photos, explanation and video where appropriate.

So here we go – Things I learnt from Chris Haueter:

  1. Starting a roll from your knees isn’t as useful as starting it in different positions.

  2. Americans like to whine if they’re injured, whilst Brits are ‘Stoic’ and soldier on regardless. (Chris’s words not mine)

  3. There is a huge difference between having something (i.e a grip, hook etc) and actually using it properly.

  4. The goal of sport BJJ is to win and the goal of BJJ as an art is to be as smooth as possible.

  5. Chris Haueter is pure awesomeness!