How We Use Deliberate Practice At Legion To Improve Our Jiu Jitsu

If you consistently show up to class, with time you’ll surely notice that you are making progress. However, the pace at which you progress varies depending on the type of methods you use to accelerate the learning process. If you’ve read “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell, you’ll know that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in a given field. That may or may not be true. However, what we know for sure is the most important aspect of progression is practice, regardless of the skill you’re trying to perfect, for example, developing an almost indestructible jiu jitsu game.

Which brings me to my next point. What’s even MORE important is what you do in those hours of practice. At legion we implement the strategy of “deliberate practice. This is Keenan’s secret method of jiu jitsu training. In the video below you’ll get a full rundown of what deliberate practice is, (white board lecture included) and how to use it for your own training. The best thing about it, IT’S SUPER SIMPLE. 

Using deliberate practice to accelerate the pace of progression.

Keenan began implementing this concept into his training during his blue belt days. And as we all know, (and if you don’t click here), this resulted in a multitude of wins and podium pics. The best thing about this strategy is that it does exactly what it says on the box and even better, it’s not rocket science. The process goes like this, you pick a technique for each phase of jiu jitsu (takedowns, passing, guard) and you strictly aim to do said techniques in class for a certain period of time. You can learn these techniques at our classes at Legion HQ or online on

All will make more sense once Keenan puts marker to white board and you feast your eyes on the exclusive sparring demonstrations at Legion AJJ HQ.

Keenan Cornelius Deliberate Practice Legion Blog Image

Although deliberate practice may sound constraining, with great power comes great sacrifice. In other words, you’re gonna have to deal with it. When you operate within constraints, you’ll be forced to be more creative and ultimately help you learn more.

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