Maximize Your Workshop Experience

Natural Movement, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts

I don’t know how things work in other areas like Music or Painting, but it seems in the Fitness and Martial arts industries, it is becoming the age of the workshop. A densely packed espresso shot of information blasted into our brains over a relatively short amount of time, it can be a lot to take in. So I think it’s worthwhile to have an organized way of managing the info. It’s a bit beyond the scope of an article to present a full system of workshop “mining,” but I think a few well-placed tips can help point you in the right direction.


Between my studies in Brazilian Jiujitsu, Movnat, and general things movement-related, I’ve been to a ton of workshops. Generally they are anywhere from 4 hours to 20 hours (over the course of a weekend) and generally, if they are good ones, they contain a load of information presented in a relatively organized way. The better ones seem to present a conceptual scaffolding from which the techniques, training methods and miscellaneous information hang. A lot of work goes into putting these together. But what about us on the other side? A workshop (at least the ones I go to) costs anywhere from $400-$1,000 not including hotel, transportation and the obscene amount of food it takes to keep me sane. I suppose I could show up to a workshop and wing it, focused on only immersing myself in the experience, but I’m a cheap bastard and every nickel pulled from my pocket pains me, so I try hard to get every drop of value out of the experience I can.


An organized process helps a lot, and while that’s too much material to cover here, here are a few concepts which might help make a good start:


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