(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.
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.
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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