Jiu Jitsu Blog: Be Better Than You Were Yesterday
As a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, our job is to help inspire people and help them improve themselves. The hardest part is teaching them not to compare themselves to others, but to just be better than they were yesterday. Comparing yourself to your teammates that you started with at the same time is common. But their journey is not the same. Over time, your teammate may go in the direction of focusing on competition, Mixed Martial Arts, street self-defense or just fitness. Others may hit bumps in the road because of family or work stress. Your job is to focus on you. Prepare a schedule that fits what you are trying to accomplish through martial arts amd stick to it. Never focus on others accomplishments, goals or belt promotions. They have nothing to do with you. Stay interacted with your instructor as to his teaching and ask questions. Share your goals with him.
Live training is what separates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) from the other martial arts. Practitioners of BJJ train live after ever class. Sometimes, this is where the disconnect happens. There is an old saying in BJJ: Win Or Learn. Many can’t see defeat in a training session as a learning experience. the first thing we are taught as practitioners is to tap out so we don’t get hurt. You cannot get better at BJJ if you don’t tap. If you aren’t tapping, you aren’t learning. In my teachings for over 15 years, I can honestly say once the lesson of “win or learn” is understood, students progress at a much more rapid pace. That step is vital to improvement. Win or learn and have fun are the keys to BJJ, understand them, you understand BJJ.