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Is your training getting a little stale, are the other members of your academy shutting you down because they know your game, or are you having trouble matching up with guys in regards to size, strength and technique. A little over a year ago my response was an unequivocal “YES”.
I had been training at a small school with a small group of students for about nine months and like most new students I was addicted. However, I was having problems in my academy because I was not getting the instruction I needed to address my body size and necessary techniques to play the small guys game. So like many I turned to the Internet for help, and NO it was not YouTube, instead I started researching other academies in my state. During the process I stumbled upon a school located in the small coastal town of Seaside Oregon, “Seaside BJJ”.
I called and spoke with Zach Adamson who invited me to attend a Lovato seminar in July of 2009, which I did. I was immediately blown away by the level of instruction the academy was receiving from a world champion such as Rafael Lovato Jr and how Rafael had taken this small group of dedicated students and instructors under his wing. Both Zach and Nate made it a point to spend time with me during the seminar and checked in to make sure I was getting what I had expected and of course I did. From that moment on I was sold on the level of jiu Jitsu that Nate and Zach had brought to the Seaside academy and knew that I needed to find a way to cross train with them. After the seminar was over Zach and I were able to discuss some things and he and Nate were excited to have me come train as often as possible.
For nearly 9 months I drove 180 miles round trip from Portland to Seaside to spend my Wednesdays training at the academy. The first thing Zach did was have me roll with the other members of the school so he could asses my Jiu Jitsu and establish a baseline for my training, no one had ever done this before. Zach also addressed more efficient ways for me to train my strength and cardio for competition as well as different ways to maintain a solid and comfortable weight for competing.
After about a month of cross trianing with the Seaside academy my game began to rapidly evolve and change, I was able to see moves before they happened, I was able to attack when before all I did was survive and defend. And best of all I was able to try out these new skills at my home academy in Portland, which brought a new freshness to my training as my partners had not seen the techniques I was doing and I was able to roll with a stronger sense of purpose. Cross training with Seaside not only evolved my game but also opened up a whole new academy of training partners. Jesse Vaughn from the Seaside school always makes it a point to roll with me and is constantly helping my technique, I always leave a rolling session having learned a few new tricks and improvements to my game thanks to Jesse.
Even if you are perfectly happy where you are at presently in your academy I can not stress enough the power of cross training and the benefits it will make to your Jiu Jitsu, as well as the new life long friends you will make. I have changed local academies here in Portland and now train at Five Rings Jiu Jitsu as well as with the Seaside Academy. Both of these academies train together and participate in numerous gym exchanges as they understand the value of cross training. If your training is getting stale and your looking for a change or a new perspective give Zack or Nate a call or just drop bye the academy, the benefits of cross training with them will pay rapid dividends.
Guest Article Written By: Arron Sparling- Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy Blue Belt (Currently living in Portland, Or.)