John B. Will in his book "Rogue Black Belt – Book 2" talked about paying attention when being taught a technique. He said "Sometimes I pay such close attention that I don’t listen to what the instructor is saying. I very, very closely observe what he is doing, and do not become over-reliant on what he is saying" [Rogue Black Belt – Book 2, pg. 69]. I myself have noticed that while watching BJJ videos I watch with different learning goals in mind. The first time I watch I listen to the instructor. After that I find the instruction annoying and want to just see the technique over and over so i can understand it. So when my instructor, Mark, blogged about trying a experiment of teaching that nights class with minimal talk, I was interested. Here is his post on the experiment: The Mental Game Ch1. That night it was very different. He did a step by step instruction on each technique but didn’t say much else. He answered questions that were raised but didn’t go into long explanations. Being a visual learner I loved it. I felt I could focus more fully on what was being done. In my day job it is very important to listen so that you can answer questions after. I felt that I was giving partial focus to what was being said and what was being done. When I gave full focus to what was being demonstrated, I learned better. Mark tried teaching a more difficult defense against a head lock. The class was mostly white belts. I was of course practicing with my training partner and didn’t pay as much attention to the whole group as Mark did, but in the end he said, and I felt that the class had done much better in learning without the added talk.
Try the experiment at your school and let me know what your results are.