Wanting to escape a bad position more than anything and actually getting out.
Passing the guard of any colored belt for the first time.
Rolling overly aggressive with professor because I think if I beat him.... I will make him proud.
Being too aggressive in rolls and accidentally injuring someone.
Being too passive and getting my ass kicked
Almost executing that one technique during a roll but never actually getting it.
Driving home frustrated to tears on those nights of not performing to the unreasonable standards I set for myself.
Winning my first tournament match.
Losing in tournaments in front of friends and family.
Wanting to share the news to someone of any moves I hit successfully during live training.
Getting submitted by someone who I felt I was better than
Submitting someone who I felt was better than me.
Wondering how often professor LETS me win
My first legit takedown
My first real injury from sparring
"All of these experiences have made me a better martial artist. Throughout my training, I found that the things I often felt or perceived to be true...was in fact distorted. Jiu-jitsu is a TEAM sport.....and being of service to the team should take precedence over any personal victories on the mat.. We can't get better without each other..."
As we begin our journey in jiu-jitsu, there is so much to learn and experience. Everybody starts with awkward shrimping and getting their ass kicked during rolls. The real test of jiu-jitsu is once you’ve gained some experience in our sport. This is the point where the future of most will either sink or swim…..
1. Become a more COMPLETE jiu-jitsu practitioner. It’s great when we discover a part of this martial art that we can really excel at. Whether it be leglocks, wrestling, etc.....but limiting ourselves to only one strategy that suits our comfort zone will hinder the potential of what our practice could truly become. Having a successful and dominant strategy is important....but just as important is the ability to change the systems you use in order to keep your training fresh and training-partners on their toes!
2. Knowledge is Power. The more options you have, the higher your chance of success. Make sure you’re part of a school that’s committed to the evolution of their curriculum and tactics. This responsibility falls on each individual in the school from student to instructor…..whether it be homework on “YouTube”; focused training with our peers…or investing in private lessons and seminars. Rolling is fun…but the real sharpening of your weapons comes from educating yourself constantly as a normal part of your training.
3. You’ll Never Quit. As we age...we won’t have a choice but to “stay green” if we want to continue training. Our bodies will change along with the way we train, the way we eat, and the way we think. Using the experience of those who came before us…staying open-minded...keeping our ego in check…goal setting.....these things will be our saving grace if we wish to train for the long haul.
- Jeff Spain Jr.
Jeff Spain Jr
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt