Portland SBG training methodology #5, the five types of drills.

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In the last few posts we’ve discussed SBG’s “I” method, and it’s use in drilling and training. We also talked about the first of the three stages in the “I” method, the introducation stage. Now we will get into the heart and soul of drilling SBG style, and explain why these training methods set SBG apart from the rest.

One you pass the I-troduction stage it is time to move on to the critical second part, the Isolation stage. This is the stage where students are actually drilling. This is the stage where students get to work the movements against Alive resistance. And this is the stage where students actually acquire the critical element of ‘timing’.

Timing is not gained from repetitions without resistance. As such we don’t usually refer to any form of repetition without resistance as a drill. All of the drilling at SBGi is done Alive; and this linking point between technique, and what actually occurs in a live roll against a fully resisting opponent is know for us as the isolation stage.

Contrary to popular misconception, the majority of classes at our Gym are not ‘sparring’; the majority of any class I teach tends to be the isolations stage, it tends to be drilling.

As an example, if we are teaching a 60 minute BJJ class, the first 15 minutes or so may be devoted to the introduction stage, the following 30 minutes will be devoted to the drilling or isolation phase, and the last 15 minutes may be devoted to sparring, the integration stage. Of course this is just a sample break down. But most classes are quite close to this example of time. There are many ways to drill Alive, and once drilling Alive is understood, the amount of great drills available for any particular movement is limited only by the Coaches own imagination.

krav maga portland oregon I sat down many years ago and tried to list all the different ‘types’ of drills that can be created. These are the 5 types of drills we use.

1- Objective drills

2- Isolation drills

3- Call out drills

4- Re-set drills

5- Pocket drills

Each type of drill isolates a different group of skill sets, or a particular type of timing; and each has its time and place, depending on the material you are working and the focus of that particular class.

You’ll find that many instructors and coaches are only familiar with one or at best two of the above listed drilling methods. This greatly limits the drilling possibilities in class. Familiarizing yourself with all 5 types of athletic drills is mandatory for an SBGi Coach.

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Each type of drill could easily warrant an entire article on its own. But for simplicity sake I will give a brief example of each for ground (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ), clinch (takedowns/ wrestling) and stand up (boxing kickboxing). Keep in mind that many drills are combinations of two of more of the types listed above.

Don’t get two hung up on the semantics of it. The point of listing them to begin with is to help open up your imagination/mind as a teacher and a coach. We want all our staff to easily be able to create fun and highly useful drills on the spot; regardless of the material that is being worked. My own students are constantly coming up with all kinds of variations on different drills, and it’s always something I enjoy seeing and learning from.

In the next article we get into each type of drill, and how it’s best applied.

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