“I told the story the other day of how my teacher would have to perform 25 reps left and right of each groundwork technique before his teacher would show him the next thing. There’s sort of two schools of thought on drilling and repetitions. Some folks define an explicit goal – a number of reps – for their practice. Other teachers say, “Here’s this drill. Let’s do it for a while.”
Both methods have advantages and disadvantages. Setting an explicit goal for reps tends to make you learn personal discipline and endurance. With the ‘do it for a while’ method it can be too easy to say, “Whew, that was a good one! What’s next?”
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