Karl Tanswell @ SBG Toronto (Aug 2013)

August 23, 2013 Posted by School of Thought

Objects are easier than they appear

En route to their Las Vegas wedding, SBG Toronto was fortunate to have SBGi Mainline’s head coach and BJJ Black Belt, Karl Tanswell and his lovely wife to be,  Ella Yee stop over in Toronto to spend a few days at the gym with us.  Now, if you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing one Karl’s training sessions you are missing out on a game changing experience.  Not only is the information based on decades of experience, but his method of communication and the delivery of information makes him truly stand out as one of the best coaches in this world, and this weekend he proved no less.

I am not going to post a run down of things we worked on over the two days (hey, you should have been there for that 😉 ), but instead, I would just like to comment on one of the many ideas that Karl planted in our minds to help us rethink our jiu-jitsu, which is the idea of ‘simplicity’.  In this day and age of Youtube, digital video and just more and more people doing BJJ, you can really get overloaded with information to the point where you get lost and frustrated in the vast web of positions, motions and techniques.  Unlike most BJJ instructors out there, Karl doesn’t just give you more techniques to add to the web of confusion.   Instead, he gave us the tools to help simplify it.  Helping us find the common denominator between techniques, chiseling away the unnecessary as opposed to adding more and allowing all participants to have a moment of Jiu-jitsu clarity by the end of the session.

Thank you to Karl and Ella for visiting us and sharing your experience.  Thank you to Coach Jason for providing another great opportunity for growth.  This journey only gets better and better.


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