What I Learned As A Five Year BJJ White Belt
There were several times over the years when I thought about quitting. There were days when I was getting owned by everybody on the mat, but I somehow managed to push through and made it to blue. I wanted to share some things, for the white belts out there, that made all the difference for me:
• Submit your ego. Seriously. Keep in mind that you’re there to train, not to prove.
• Try to break yourself of the “Oh well, I can’t stop this pass/sub/reversal from happening. I’m just gonna sit here and take it“- attitude. Try anyway. Struggle. If the escape you try doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work, but remember that you’re not there to prove anything. You’re there to train, so TRY. Because trying will always improve your endurance, strength, sensitivity, and experience.
• Don’t train injured.
• Ask questions. Don’t be surprised if no one gives you any kind of guidance if you keep your mouth shut the whole time.
• Be supportive of both your juniors and seniors. Set an example. You don’t need a black belt to be everybody’s favorite person to train with.
• Roll. There are too many low ranks that bounce when the mat opens up after practice. High ranks stick around and work, and low ranks that are too self-conscious to grapple wonder why high ranks are so good. Go get your ass kicked. It’s practice with your team. Get tapped out. Pick your favorite submission and go hunting. And get tapped out some more in the process.
• Don’t make excuses. BJJ is the realest, no bullshit aspect of my life. When something goes wrong on the ground it’s because either I made a mistake or I didn’t know what was happening. Both of those situations are fixed with learning.
• Share your knowledge. If something works for you and you keep hitting it on training partners, teach them what you’re doing and show them how to defend your best game. Because if your training partners learn how to defend your best game, it will either force you to improve the technique or get you to master something new.
I saw this post on r/bjj and asked the OP if I could share this with our followers. He was happy to let us share. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.