The purpose of this class is to give all of us an opportunity to share knowledge, whether it be something we've learned in the past or something we just researched. The class will meet every other Friday, and each week we'll be covering a set a predetermined techniques or concepts based on where we are in the curriculum (https://www.eldiablocombatives.com/curriculum.) We'll cover the techniques we'll be teaching in the next two weeks in the regular adult gi classes (which influences the kids and Combatives classes, too.) Below, I'll explain how the class will work, and explain the rationale behind each part.
Step One: On the weekend before the class meets, I'll start a post in here listing the techniques we'll be covering that next Friday. Anyone who is planning on attending the R&D class will "claim" whatever sources they're going to use to research those techniques or concepts, which includes their own personal knowledge. We do this so two people don't accidentally use the same sources. They'll do this by commenting on my post here in the forum.
For example, our first R&D class will cover neutral position and the clinch. Specifically, we'll discuss the goals of each position, the best posture for both, managing distance, sprawling, a low outside single leg, pummeling, and the bear hug takedown. Let's say Sam is going to the class and already knows quite a bit about these, so he'll share what he knows personally. Tyson does the same. Travis is also planning on going, but he doesn't know much about the techniques and concepts, so he "claims" John Danaher as a source. Jeremy is also going and claims the Art of Jiu Jitsu as his source. And so on. Nick knows quite a bit about these, but he also wants to research an outside source, so he claims FloGrappling as his source.
Step Two: During the week before the class, all participants study whatever resource we claimed and take notes (or however we retain information best.) The goal is to learn the material well enough to be able to explain and demonstrate it to the rest of the class.
This serves two purposes. First, it sets up a situation where we can access as many resources as we have participants, which means we can get A LOT of diverse ideas on how and why any given technique is done. When the class actually meets, we can test a whole bunch of different ideas and figure out what works best. In theory, this will allow us to combine what we've learned in the past with the very best of the best ideas from world-class jiu jitsu coaches and competitors.
Second, it gives us experience in learning from different resources in a deep, meaningful way. Because we'll have to teach whatever we know or are researching, it forces us to process the information on a deep level. Psychologically speaking, this is one of the absolute best ways to learn things effectively, and that's the whole reason we train.
Step Three: The class meets. The format will be simple. We'll start with the most logical technique and go around the class, each person will share what they learned, and we'll discuss and test the different ideas. We'll keep the details that work best and discard what doesn't work. I'll write the details down, use that information to shoot short videos for everyone to preview/review, and design the structure for each class where the techniques or concepts will be taught (based on where we are in the curriculum.)
The idea of this class was inspired by crap we do as classroom teachers, along with my experiences collaborating with others. Most people, once they hit purple belt or so, tend to start doing quite a bit of collaboration. Pretty much everything Shelly and I learned from our coaches was developed by a similar, less organized process. Since we're actually testing the ideas, it's easy to figure out what actually works best and what doesn't really work at all.
Anyway, I've always thought this idea could be incredibly valuable to all levels, even one stripe white belts. heir problem, of course, is that they don't know much because they're new. That's where the claiming and researching sources comes in; it gives newer people the opportunity to participate well before they'd normally be able to collaborate.
So that's the idea. If you have any questions (or ideas to improve this process), post a comment below!