The instructor training consisted of three days of intensive training between August 11th and 14th. Among the strategies covered in the four sessions held were: stand up grappling, grip fighting, leg entanglements, pressure in positioning, and advanced submission details.
This is a great way to insure consistency and high quality instruction in Demian’s affiliated schools. Several of ZenQuest’s assistant instructors attended the training which ultimately benefits all of our own students directly.
In addition to the instructor training Demian offered a three hour open seminar on Saturday, August 13th. For this the master grappler let the participants choose the material to cover. Then, for each strategy chosen the 5 time world champion focused on important principles for success. Over forty students attended the clinic and walked away with a few points added to their BJJ IQ.
At the end of Demian’s visit he surprised Professors Connie and Mark with promotions. Professor (teacher in Brazilian) Connie was promoted to 1-stripe or ‘1st grade’ Black Belt, while Professor Mark was promoted to 2-stripe or ‘2nd grade’ Black Belt. These had also been delayed by the pandemic.
Thanks to everyone who supported the seminar and training, and special thanks to Demian Maia for making the trip! Congratulations to Professors Connie and Mark on leveling up!!