I recently read Jeff Howe’s book “Crowdsourcing.” The basic idea of crowdsourcing is to take a problem you have and share it with an audience for a solution. Hopefully an educated audience. It has been very useful in business, computer and science circles. To an extent we all have been participating in this experience as web users and more so as BJJ bloggers and readers.
So, here is my problem.
My nephews let everyone dominate and submit them in class. Everyone. They barely put up a fight. But when they roll with each other, they go all out. The bad part is not that they are getting submitted or dominated, but that when they grapple with each other I see evidence that they understand positioning, guard defense, minor submissions and have developed technique.
I signed them up for BJJ and Kenpo Karate 8 months ago. They are now 9 and 11 years old. In the Karate class they are doing fine and have progressed rapidly in terms of katas, promotions, etc. However, in BJJ, not so much. They attend class once a week (Saturdays) and have probably have had 28 -30 sessions. That’s not a lot in the scheme of things but they have the extra benefit of having a brother of similar size and stature around to practice with during the week. The are usually the biggest or are close to being the biggest kids in their classes but get controlled by guys and gals half their size.
What really frustrated me and their father is when a new kid who had never been to a BJJ class and who was smaller than they are tapped the oldest with a arm-bar that looked like he made it up on the spot and roughed up the youngest. This is not the first time something like this has happened. He was not a phenom as other members of the class quickly showed him the hierarchy that existed in class.
The boys have never complained about coming to class or said they do not want to take BJJ. I don’t want to be the uncle who puts undue pressure on them, but it’s disheartening to see them allow other children take advantage of them. Especially when they have more skill and have a size and strength advantage.
Any ideas, comments or suggestions. Am I missing something here?