I’m Paul Willson I am a brown belt in Ju Jutsu, a centuries old Japanese martial art.
We have all been in a situation where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get a technique right. Even if your instructor or training partner is being very compliant and helpful.
So what do you when you are struggling to get a technique. Firstly slow down. As my instructor likes to say speed comes from fluidity not doing it quickly. Next, break the technique into steps and try to get each step right before moving on to the next. Pay a lot of attention to your footwork. Success and failure of a technique quite often is down to footwork.
Good footwork allows your body to be in the right position. Take kicks and throws for example. Poor footwork can mean a kick not having a lot of power. Poor footwork can mean not being able to throw an opponent and/or giving yourself an injury. There has been many a time where I have fallen over or hurt my back or side because my body wasn’t in the correct position due to poor footwork.
The importance of good footwork can not be overstated. On each step of the technique look at your feet. Are they in the correct position. Look at the entrance to the technique. Have you moved into the technique correctly? Annoyingly your feet can be out my just an inch and the technique won’t work.
Listen to your body. Once your in position to complete the technique ask yourself does it feel right? If you complete the technique now will it work? If not go back a step or two to find out what you did wrong. There is no shame in taking your time. Your training partner will be happier if you did because there will be less chance for them to get injured.
Lastly listening to your training instructor and training partner. The best thing about martial arts is the positivity. People want you to get techniques right. There is a reason why your instructor has a black belt round their waist. They know what they are doing. Your training partner will be able to tell you if a technique is going to work or not by how their body feels when you do the technique, whether they feel power from your strike or if you are going to throw them from your position.
So to put what I have said in short form:
- Slow down
- Break the technique into steps
- Pay attention to your footwork
- Listen to your body, training partner and instructor
Do these four points and it will help you get that technique right.