Maximize Your Workshop Experience


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.

Josh grew up skateboarding, running, climbing trees, and building (and destroying) tree houses in the suburbs of New Jersey in the 1990s. When he moved to Philadelphia in 1997, he continued skateboarding, but eventually fell in love with martial arts, first with the Chinese internal martial arts traditions. It wasn't until 2003 that Josh discovered Brazilian jiu jitsu. Josh learned how to practice, compete, and teach this art from the Migliarese brothers in Philadelphia and continues to work...Read more