PRIVATE LESSONS

While BOWERHOUSE MMA is renowned for the quality of its group classes, it’s been proven that private training provides students with greater comprehension in less time. In a one-on-one environment, the instructor can teach the lessons in the order that best suits the student, and can modify or adapt the techniques to accommodate the student's strengths and weaknesses. Each private lesson begins with a review of all previously learned techniques, followed by the introduction of 2-3 new techniques. Once you fully understand the new techniques, the instructor will show you how to combine them in a series of Reflex Development Drills. This process continues until you have mastered all the techniques in the module. Private classes offer maximum scheduling flexibility, day or night; if it works for you, we’ll make it happen. 

We offer Private One on One or Small Group training sessions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, and Kickboxing. Rates depend on the Instructor, and are available upon request.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private Lessons To Fix A Blind Spot

Private lessons are great at filling in blind spots. What I mean by a blind spot, is an area where you know you aren’t getting a concept based on your results.  The key here is you also don’t know why.  If you know the why, then the answer is probably drill that particular movement more.  Your instructor should be able to put you in your “blind spot” scenario and make quick corrections by feeling what you are doing there.

Often in these blind spots I find that students are falling for “optical illusions” in Jiu Jitsu.  “Optical illusions” are areas where the student sees the movement and interprets an aspect in a way that makes sense to them but is actually slightly wrong.

An example of this principle is a private lesson I showed the other day on the trap and roll mount escape.  Many people do exactly that, they trap and then they roll.  There is actually a key step in between which is the bridge.  A solid bridge with feet close to the butt shifts your opponent’s weight from your hips (which you need to turn) to your chest.  Now your hips have a better chance of turning to come on top.  Seeing this move, it is easy to miss the distinction, but once you have felt the difference it makes complete sense.

Your blind spots tend to be areas you dread going into.  If I am thinking “I hate it when I get stuck in the bottom of turtle.” I need better options from that position.  Every position has technical options, they just may not be obvious at first.  Fixing these blind spots is an important tactic when you are one of the worst grapplers on the mat.

Preparing For A Tournament

At least 2 weeks out from your first few tournaments I strongly recommend a private lesson to build a game plan.  Tournaments aren’t about who has the better overall Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but who can implement their gameplan and play in a way that favors them. Your coach can help you build all of the elements and make sure your plan connects together.  Once you have a game plan honed by your coach, it is your job to work it every chance you get during rolling.  Make sure it stays sharp and there are no surprises.

Tweaks And Fixes After A Tournament

Win or lose in a tournament there are always things we could have done better.  The losses stick with us more sometimes.  If I lose, my number one goal is to patch the way that I lost so that I have to lose IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WAY at the next tournament.  Losing the same way a few tournaments in a row is an error in my preparation.

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