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It doesn’t get easier, you just adapt

Adapting to your training

A big problem that newer students have when they transition from a beginner focused class to an all levels class with more rolling is that it gets a lot harder for them. Which is perfectly natural. 

Jiu jitsu is so unlike other sports in its movement on the ground. That’s why there is this large tutorial phase. Where you have to learn (in most academy’s) all the basic movements like forward rolls, backwards rolls, shrimping, break falling, etc and then some basic techniques. 

Once you have some semblance of a base. Now it’s time for you to roll or spar. 

For the unacclimated, you will be sore all over. This is normal because you are using muscles that you probably didn’t know existed. That’s the downside to Jiu Jitsu. A lot of the movements, especially on the ground aren’t traditional movements like running, jumping, and throwing.

The shrimp is a great example of this. It’s a unique movement that you have to take the time in order to develop. This goes double for all of the other ground specific moves. 

I think this is a big reason why wrestlers that start Jiu Jitsu have such a hard time working from bottom. Not only does the wrestling rules set prohibit working on the ground. They also might be at such a high level on top — many new wrestlers are great on top positions in Jiu Jitsu with little training — but those same skills won’t translate well at all to the bottom game. 

Another big reason I think new guys over exert their bodies is because there are so many techniques and the freedom to use those techniques. That it can become overwhelming. 

It’s not like in boxing where you have a set number of punches. 

Jiu Jitsu gives you a lot more freedom to do what you want. Which is great for advanced students. But what usually happens with newer students is this analysis paralysis where they don’t know what to do. They might have a few techniques but when those techniques don’t work. They either wing it or they stop moving. Which leads to a lot of hesitation, anxiety, or trying every technique they know at 100%. 

When you don’t know what to do or how to address a particular position. Then you will be way less efficient than if you do know what to do. 

A great comparison is a higher belt passing the guard versus a lower belt. 

Depending on who they train with. If the higher belt trains with a newer student they should have many different options to pass the newer students and the experience necessary to combat what the student does. In effect, a very efficient system for passing the guard. 

On the flip side, put the newer guy in the same position and I can assure you that they will expend a lot more energy overall than the higher belt. Lots of mental energy trying to rack their brain on their next move. And a ton more waste of physical energy moving around and trying a million different crazy things lol. 

So couple new movements, with a large, open move set and you get a lot of newer students burning out when they reach more advanced classes. 

As far as the remedy to this situation. It’s very complex. Some combination of knowing when to rest and take days off so that your body can recover is important. 

Also, I think focusing your move set down to a few positions that you know really well will help a ton. For instance you only just learned closed guard and now you have to spar? Well try to keep your opponent in your closed guard as much as you can. If you become hyper focused on one position it eliminates that analysis paralysis since you will go into matches and training with a game plan. Pull closed guard and then set up your attacks like the armbar, triangle, etc. While attacking look for opportunities to sweep. Versus just trying everything and gassing out. 

Another big factor that I left out is that when you move up into a more advanced class. You will often have this urge to step your game up and prove that you can hang with more advanced students and you belong. 

Everyone goes through this lol. It’s the natural progression of rolling. You want to see how you measure up against your peers and higher belts. This is definitely and ego crushing part of Jiu Jitsu because you will be getting your butt kicked for a few years. 

That’s why you can’t worry about anyone else’s Jiu Jitsu. Just focus on doing what you can with your game. Your positional sparring and studying. The things that you have control over. Always try to keep Jiu Jitsu fun for yourself. Because if you’re training the same way as the poster on Reddit above. You won’t last long. 

Always assume that your opponent will be bigger, faster, and stronger than you

Bjj hulk

This is the old school way of thought in Jiu Jitsu that gets overlooked a lot now a days. 

And I think it’s both good and bad. 

Old school Jiu Jitsu, at least in America, was always centered around usefulness in a fight. 

Especially during a time when everyone thought that karate black belts needed to register their hands as deadly weapons and that the dim mak or death touch was real. 

—So what better way to promote Jiu Jitsu than to have it work in a fight?—

Which is exactly what the first UFC did and was designed to do.

To showcase the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in a fight. 

But it couldn’t have just been anyone that could fight. 

They needed someone not too big or too strong to properly represent Jiu Jitsu.

There were probably lots of other fighters that could have been chosen to represent Jiu Jitsu from the Gracie family alone. Someone like Rickson was considered one of the best to ever do Jiu Jitsu and MMA. 

However, I doubt that it would have had the same impact if he competed and won. 

They needed some one like Royce if the powers at be were going to sell Jiu Jitsu to the masses. 

He doesn’t look threatening at all. Just a normal guy. 

That’s probably the closest approximation to your average person. 

Not some big muscled dude. 

But the everyman Royce. 

Someone the average person could see themself in. 

The rest is history. 

So how does this all help you?

I think training so that you are prepared for somebody larger and stronger is only going to benefit you. 

1// It’s going to keep your technique true. Whenever I learn a new technique I always ask myself if this move will work on some one larger. 

Yes, okay good.

No, then I probably won’t invest too much time in the technique. 

This won’t always be the case. Of course, the deeper your skill in Jiu Jitsu becomes. Your moves tend to tailor to your opponents.

But when it comes to basic Jiu Jitsu. This is the truth.  

A great example of this is the head lock escape. 

Realistically, the only people that perform headlocks also tend to be the strongest lol. 

That means if your technique isn’t good a.k.a. your head lock escape isn’t up to par. Then you’re just not going to get out. 

2// It will push you to train with those partners that are bigger and stronger. Doubly so if they are faster. 

Big guys roll a lot different than those people smaller than you, or even those partners that are the same size. 

The big guy game tends to be a bit slower but with a lot more pressure and 100% less forgiving. 

There’s been times when I have sparred with training partners significantly larger than myself and if they were able to reach a good position on me. It was game over. 

Just their sheer mass alone means that your technique has to be on point if you are going to stand a chance. 

It’s not easy and can be very rough on your body training with the big boys. 

However, your confidence in knowing that you can go up against a larger opponent and not give up is priceless. 

You will learn that often technique and will power will make up a lot of the difference in size. 

Bringing Value on Social Media

With all my posts on social media I try to bring value each and every time. 

Lots of athletes can post pictures of themselves looking cool on the beach or some random shit. 

But what value does that bring you? Unless you’re entertained by living through other people’s pictures that they post on social media.  

When you guys check out my content I want it to help you solve a problem. 

It could be a problem with your guard. 

Or maybe I show a defense to a submission that you keep getting caught in and then you are able to try it in training later on. 

To me that is value. 

Useful stuff. 

It might not get a lot of views but that’s okay. 

If I can help you get just a little bit better by showing a Jiu Jitsu technique. 

That’s my reward in itself.