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5 Important Things Your Instructors Want You to Stop Doing

5 things your bjj instructor wants you to stop doing(Photo Cred: Liam Wandi of Part Time Grappler.   He doesn’t take himself too seriously. And neither should you. – Brendan)

Every new student has his own habits and twists that make him unique. However there are certain rules  that should be observed when training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are five main things your instructors want you to stop doing. If you can manage to avoid these thing both your instructors and training partners will respect you more in the long run.

Being A YouTube Warrior

First of all, stop trying being a youtube warrior. Youtube is a great source to get different takes on positions and moves, but your priority should always be the moves your instructors teach. You can’t let your thirst for knowledge clous your mind. Bruce Lee had a great line in his day “fear not the main who has trained 1000 kicks, but the man who has trained one kick 1000 times. This is not to say you shouldn’t learn as much as you can, but rather to have priorities.

Forgetting to Clean Your Gi

Second is please for the love of god stop coming to class if you can’t have a clean gi. Washing your gi is very important for your own health and your training partners. No one likes rolling with the “dirty gi guy”. If you want to train 5+ days  a week you need at-least two or three unless you plan on washing and drying your gi everyday ( not a bad idea), but your gi with be worn out quicker.

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Talking While Training

Third of all stop talking when training. Its more than ok to be friendly and roll at a steady pace, but don’t stop every 5 seconds to show a move or talk about something not related. When you are training you need to focus on training.

Asking About Promotions

Fourth, is stop asking about belt promotions. This one is a big no no and most people understand why. Your instructor knows when you are ready and will give it  to you when he/she feels you deserve it. Sometimes you may get a new strip after a few months and other times it may take a year. It is all based on your skill and improvements. If your instructor doesn’t see improvement you won’t get promoted simple as that.

Leaving Early

Last but not least is stop trying to leave without training. We see this from time to time; a guy who comes into the gym does class, but always has an excuse as to why he isn’t rolling. Usually its something like “I have this injury” “I have a date” or “I have to work early”. Everyone has an excuse, but most stay and train why shouldn’t you. Fact is, if you aren’t training you won’t improve. The rolling part of class is one of the most vital because it is where you learn to apply the moves in real situations.

If you can avoid these five major pit falls your instructor will be happy and you will be a better practitioner because of it.

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About the author: Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Anibal Lobo and Pedro Sauer.

3 comments… add one
  • I’m 58 with a totally blown LCL that is problematic. I do technique and roll when it does not feel like it will blow apart. No one has a problem with that and I hope you see the sense in not destroying an active injury even worse just to show you can still roll. I can, but prefer to walk the next day.

  • I disagree on the YouTube thing, and I think it’s the loud voice of a few that have caught people’s ears about this. I remember a goofy reporter asking one of my instructors John Danaher about this and him clarifying for the poor guy who was asking just terribly leading questions, to which John was nicely disagreeing. I understand following “the syllabus” but if a student of mine wants to try some new escape from side control, or god forbid something the horrible human being Eddie Bravo may have in the 10th planet system I say let them. It only helps others progress come competition time. I get it in regards flying anything or injury prone anything like heel hooks, but as my master Renzo Gracie once told me “Never be deaf to one’s knowledge”.

    • Geoff

      I think Brendan hit the nail on the head. No knowledge is bad knowledge.

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