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The curse of the bright shiny object

Yesterday a coach sent me this message:

My kids that you had in camps have come back with great technique. I was impressed by them showing me in open mats. Thanks!

You betcha.

This is what happens when athletes are trained, not just shown a bunch of bright-shiny-object-like moves.

and kudos to his boys, too – they did exactly what I advised them to do following last week’s camp, which of course concluded with our final exam

they got back on the mats and drilled what they learned.

My campers always get this message:  “reinforce what you learned by hitting the mats and drilling it as soon as possible."

My final exams require you to speed drill the entire week’s technique at one time, in rapid-fire fashion…to test what you’ve learned.

They also allow me to test myself (ah, the true purpose of the final exam – SO self-centered of me). 

I get the chance to see if I trained you well enough to internalize technique and drill it with precision.

and if you can’t?

then I failed.

and I hate failure and avoid it like the plague.

Speaking of failure…

If you fail to excel in any of these areas:

  • countering the opponent’s legs
  • struggling when they ride the opposite side
  • beating the spiral
  • wrestling from the bottom position with confidence
  • having the mindset that “I always get out"

or these areas from top:

  • stopping the opponent’s first move no matter what it is
  • turning athletes from the base, ground and even standing
  • knowing exactly what to do when the opponent moves
  • believing that you will turn your opponent…every time…no matter who he is

then be sure to look into the upcoming Mat Machine Camp, July 6-9.

All of these things will be covered…and drilled in the final exam (which you WILL pass…and so will I).

Read more about Mat Machine Camp here…and pass it on to your friends while there are still a few spots left.


I haven’t taught it in years and I might pack it back in the vault after this camp…so git’er while she’s hot.