Felix Adler on How to Structure Your Learning for Skill Development and Teach Better Classes (#18)

Felix gives lots of insight towards how to structure your learning towards skill development and acquisition, whether on the mats or in the classroom. We talk through what makes an average class and why, and Felix explains how becoming a professional teacher of language and chemistry taught him to be a better jiujitsu coach, and how teaching on the mats has made him a better teacher in the classroom. If you’re interested in becoming a better class instructor or teacher, whatever you like to teach; an academic subject or sport, this episode is for you!

Felix Adler is a teacher of english and chemistry during the day, and a BJJ purple belt based out of Wittlich, Germany.

Show Notes

0:21 – CBD Mountain Intro

0:22 – Felix Adler Intro

0:48 – How Felix discovered jiujitsu

5:42 – The jiujitsu class structure presented to Felix, by a Brazilian, when he was a white belt starting out and what his teacher did well and what could have been improved

10:13 – Why do so many classes begin with calisthenics based training as the warm ups? And how Felix begins his classes without 30 minutes of push ups.

18:20 – The approach I have taken to warm ups in the jiujitsu classes that I teach

22:44 – How Felix uses grip fighting and low intensity wrestling in his class structure

27:26 – How Felix decides on goal setting for his classes, taking retention as the primary objective into account

Priit Mihkelson – The Jab/Cross Idea

39:05 – Why position specific sparring is so useful and how setting parameters really benefits beginners, too

49:52 – Referring out – there’s power in telling students how to go and find the answer they need to stop making the same mistakes

52:54 – Jiujitsu experts who Felix recommends checking out their free content on youtube to improve your learning and understanding of jiujitsu

Jon Thomas

Alec Baulding

Lachlan Giles

BJJ Fanatics

Andrew Wiltse

54:00 – Your anatomy plays a part in developing your game

56:30 – A lesson from Lachlan Giles
Marcelo Garcia

57:45 – What Felix has learned from teaching in the classroom and laboratory that transfers over to teaching on the mats

59:12 – What Felix struggles with, regarding teaching and coaching

1:02:35 – Andy from School of Grappling
https://www.teachingbjj.com/ – Characteristics of a good lesson

1:06:03 – What University taught Felix about learning successfully

1:07:51 – The importance of feedback loops and reminding students of their accomplishments

1:10:04 – How Felix approaches S&C and how he encourages his students to do so
5/3/1 by Jim Wendler
5X5 Starting Strength

1:21:29 – Podcast episode 17 with Andrew Read

Felix’s BJJ page @grapplingpandaswittlich
Felix’s instagram @rolling.pauker

1:25:32 – CBD Mountain Outro

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