If Twister and Trivial Pursuit ever had a baby, it would turn out to be something like Think Jiu-Jitsu Game. I have been using this game for the last couple of weeks in the Kid’s program at our academy, for Women’s Self-Defense, and have played in place of some of my training sessions. As a coach and as a practitioner it’s added a kind of creative structure to how I am teaching a technique, and also how I am using certain sequences when I’m training. Overall, the teaching or technical approach you previously had is now impacted from a new outcome you just experienced playing the game; the outcome is more unorthodox.
So how do you play? In a nutshell, the game itself contains flash cards that you can use on their own. Or, you can use the flash cards with the Challenge cards (which would be the equivalent to a board game that you would fold out). Using the cards on their own is fun and can quickly turn challenging. For example, if you and I wanted to play the “Scramble Game” we would grab that deck, open it up and assume the position of what is depicted on the card. The object of the game is to be the one on top first, but it can be a way for us to begin sparring.
If we played with the “Challenge Game” we would use a variety of flash card decks as each game card has 4 quadrants where the players set a flash card from each deck as required by their respective card. Are you still with me? Here is an example: the quadrant sequence on a game card can be Takedown > Transitions > Position > Submission. Thus allowing you to choose your sequence, yet forces the player to explore various techniques and technical sequences. Cool, right?!
Think Jiu-Jitsu Game was the genius idea of inventor Daynin Dashefsky. Coach Daynin has been training for 16 years and is the only woman in HI to own her own Jiu-Jitsu academy, Kahala Jiu Jitsu. She is also a motivational speaker and works to bring people in the entrepreneurial and invention communities together. If you are interested in purchasing the game and/or want to know more, visit https://thinkjiujitsugame.com. Cheers!
Girls in Gis staff writer
Jenifer Hordinskiand her husband own and operate Katharo Training Center. Jenifer enjoys cooking almost as much as she loves eating. She also appreciates people who are spontaneous and well-crafted jokes. But above all, she loves training and teaching Jiu-Jitsu and spending time with her family over any savory impulsive joke.