In today’s video I address a question from someone who’s just beginning Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and they’re curious about the high drop out rate with BJJ White Belts. He said he saw a video that said 90% of White Belts never make it to Blue Belt and he’s wondering why that is.
Additionally he says that he has been training for 1 week and realizes BJJ isn’t for him but that he will finish up his 3 month membership and then be done with it.
During the video I share a weird analogy that I used with my students about White Belts being like baby sea turtles. I know that’s weird but stick with me here. A baby sea turtle hatches and immediately it moves towards the blue ocean. During this dash into the water it lacks the ability to move well and is bombarded with obstacles (mainly birds getting lunch). The turtle has one choice, just keep going forward.
A brand new BJJ White Belt lacks the ability to move well on the mat and is moving towards the Blue Belt. Like the turtle the White Belt has only one option to improve, keeping going forward, more specifically just show up.
Here’s the national geographic video with the sea turtles I was talking about: https://youtu.be/Ipf0fehg5os
I also talk about the attitude of the person asking the question.
Hopefully this video is useful to you or at least maybe you’ll find the turtle analogy interesting.
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