The advice you give a child when it gets tough is the same advice you should give yourself.
Very often in class I’ll see a child that is having a tough time with something such as struggling with a certain part of class, warm ups, a technique or maybe they are a little discouraged because they feel as if they aren’t getting any better.
Once a Coach or Parent notices that this child is struggling the Adult is full of encouragement, advice and a great show of support as they begin to tell the child how they can relate and understand. Yet, often when that same Adult student struggles they fail to give themselves a break and take their own advice.
A question I ask my students is “what advice would you give a teammate or child that was struggling a feeling the same way as you are?” Almost always, they perk up, become full of enthusiasm and begin to tell me how they would encourage that child or teammate and that they know how a plateau feels.
It is usually something similar to “Oh, I have been there, it is ok, everyone struggles including me, you are not alone, you know you are getting better every single day even when you don’t feel like it, and other people notice. I am glad to see you training.
So, then, why don’t we have the same dialogue with ourselves. Do you have a positive inner dialogue? If so, good, keep it up. If not, start having one on a regular basis and it will begin to change your entire outlook on life and Jiu Jitsu.
To often all we hear is negativity when all we need is a little encouragement. I have been a Black Belt for a few years now and there are tough days, without a doubt, but there are far more greater days when you begin to understand and acknowledge that your MINDSET is literally up to you to set. So, set it well, feed it positivity and encouragement. Yes, you can “keep it real” and also be positive at the same time.
The environment you create internally will perpetuate itself into the external parts of your life. Be the person that lifts up other people but also be the person that learns how to lift up their own mindset, get over and around obstacles.
Most often, just being patient will allow some of the most difficult moments to pass or reduce in severity, perseverance is taught and sometimes you need to cut yourself some slack and know that tomorrow is another day and you’ll bounce back higher every time you overcome a struggle. Then you will learn to take your own advice and overcoming most challenges will be as automatic breathing.
So, if you have it in you to encourage someone else, you have it in you to encourage yourself. Choose to do so and keep training!
Jake and I did a great Butterfly Guard setup from Full Guard. This video was recorded while in Costa Rica during the Pura Vida BJJ and Surfing Retreat.
This video was for Jake’s daughter Sage who trains Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and has been wanting to work on sweeps.
So I went through one of my favorite no gi sweeps in BJJ as a White Belt. This is the same setup that helped me ease into doing Butterfly Guard Sweeps and attacks as a White and Blue Belt.
The setup that I show can also be used as an effective posture breaking option. Especially in no gi grappling where people will just tuck their body on top very tight and prevent someone moving inside the Guard.
I hope this Full Guard setup to a Butterfly Guard sweep helps you with your Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Coach James “300” Foster has some fantastic advice for those of us who practice competition Jiu-Jitsu.
Check it out:
Here are some competition tips that apply whether you’re disappointed in the current state of sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions or have just had generally poor experiences as a competitor, I encourage you to take the following actions as complaining online or elsewhere will accomplish nothing as with most things in life:
1. Do not attend or support tournaments in which you don’t like the point system or rule set. Continued support only grows them stronger and gives no incentive for change.
2. Organize and put on a better event that is well run and follows the way you think things should be done. Competition forces other tournaments and promoters to improve their events.
3. Read and understand the rules of the particular event prior to entering because it’s your responsibility. This will not prevent human error on the part of the referee, however it will limit costly mistakes, potential disqualification, or a loss.
4. Train to finish or at least clearly dominate your opponent. If your game consists of playing for points and advantages, putting yourself in subjective positions, or intangible situations, don’t be shocked or outraged when you don’t get the nod.
5. Do not pull guard in fear of your opponent’s guard. In other words, if you do so because you’re afraid you’ll be swept or submitted while attempting to pass, your Jiu-Jitsu isn’t complete.
6. Don’t be lazy, train takedowns as you would any other aspect of your Jiu-Jitsu. If nothing else, train to have a complete knowledge of defending them. Pulling guard shouldn’t be your only option for getting a match to the ground.
7. If you lose, do not make excuses. If a small weight difference neutralizes your Jiu-Jitsu, that’s an issue with poor technique, leverage, or timing. Also, it’s rare to enter a competition 100% healthy and injury free. If you make the choice to compete in such a state that’s on you, and you accept the potential issues that may come with competing in that condition.
8. Train your mind equal to or more so than other aspects of your game. It can be your greatest asset or worst enemy, regardless of how superb your technique is or how greatly you’re prepared physically.
9. If you fatigue too quickly in your first match its due to an adrenaline dump which occurs because of an improper warmup. That “dump” should happen during your warmup if done properly, which will set you up to perform at your best.
10. Be humble in victory as well as defeat. I understand emotions get the better of us all from time to time, however your celebration should not be demeaning to your opponent and your reaction to losing should not portray you poorly. How you handle a loss is equally as important and your behavior during both situations are a direct reflection on your professor, affiliation, and team.
Russell Peters is an actor and standup comedian, who performs to large audiences all over the world. His latest stand-up comedy special “Almost Famous” is now on Netflix.
Russell discussed doing BJJ on the Joe Rogan podcast and now, a little over a year later, he has earned his blue belt.
Russell was promoted by BJJ legend Jean Jacques Machado.
I’m so happy and honored to have received my blue belt from JiuJitsu Master @jeanjacquesmachado
A year and a half ago I got back into #BrazilianJiuJitsu and have worked as hard as could and well as they say “Hard work pays off” I still have a long road ahead of me in the #BJJ world but I’m up for the task and looking forward to the next phase!
If you are curious to see what it is like to roll with another person this video does a pretty darn good job capturing the feeling. You can’t feel the sweat, the pressure, or the fun, but it is still a fun concept and cool to watch!
Check it out below and share with someone who is afraid to roll!
What makes some people in BJJ progress faster than others? This is a loaded question I received recently.
I say loaded because there are so many things that can factor into progression in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Everything from pure genetic potential, to eating habits, sleep habits, level of responsibility outside of the gym and so on.
But our friend left the idea of mindset on the table in his question. So I imagine he thinks your mindset in BJJ has something to do with skill progression. And it does!
So I stuck with that as a focus as to a factor of faster BJJ progression.
Assuming all things are equal. Mindset is one of the biggest factors to progression in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
I know from personal experience. Simply changing my mindset literally make my game completely change and jump, in a positive way, in around a year.
It wasn’t the easiest thing, as it required me to relax and let go of some of my personal baggage. And only came after a tough conversation that transpired with my coaches. But boy did it make a difference.
While this video may not be applicable to you. Because maybe you already represent “Student B” on the mats. You can use the idea of staying relaxed and being more open to information for just about anything.
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