September 18, 2020

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Drilling BJJ Is Not Killing. Relax White Belt.




Drilling BJJ Is Not Killing. Relax White Belt.


There comes a point in time during your White Belt Jiu Jitsu journey where you realize that you don’t have to resist 100% while drilling. Perhaps when you first join an academy therein lies a stigma to prove that you aren’t weak, and that you are ready to prove yourself on the field of battle. This is understandable, but please White Belt, take heed the following wisdom.


When you are “drilling” with someone and it’s your turn to play the “bad guy”, it’s your job to be a practice dummy. Sooner, rather than later, you need to learn the balance between resisting too much, and resisting too little. Doing so will allow your teammates to improve their BJJ, and your BJJ will also improve. It turns out that when you give your teammates training respect, you often times receive it in return. Contrarily, if you don’t allow me the opportunity to get my reps in, I can also be a horrible training partner.


I have literally drilled with people where it turns into a spontaneous roll session. If we are drilling armlocks from the mount position, for speed and for fortifying that attacks particular neurological pathway, you need only resist 50-70%. No one is watching. It is just you and your teammate. You lose no face in repeatedly succumbing to an attack during a drill. There is no need to show that you can reverse the position and stack me at this point in time. Everything will be ok.




Drilling is about repetition, not resistance. When you are rolling and free-sparring, you can resist 100%! If you were a cool person though, you would sometimes give a little so that everyone can have a good time. That teenager that you just wrecked will appreciate the opportunity to live to fight another day.


Don’t take this as coming from a small person whining about their size disadvantage. I am a 200lb fellow. There aren’t many people who advantageously “outweigh” me. I just find enjoyment in trying to be the best training partner that I can be, as should you.


Believe me, in the end, everyone wins.


Below is an excellent partner drilling video by Roberto Atalla that will serve to give you an idea about proper resistance.