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💥THE ART OF LEARNING JIU JITSU 💥
🥋By x2 World Pro Champ & BJJ Black Belt Kit Dale
Don’t think that your actions don’t have consequences.
Every time you’re in a situation fronted with the choice of either, tapping or risking injury to escape. Remember this. Your body is in a continuous journey of deterioration. And what may seem like a small injury now, will most likely lead to bigger problems down the line.
It’s easy to be blinded by your ego, in the sense that you can in a split second decide between intelligent training and egotistical training. Deciding whether it’s best to tap, learn from your mistake and preserve your body. Or to risk your body and preserve your ego.
How many times do we look around the training room, or competition room and consider what our audience thinks of us. And allow it to shape our decisions. “I can’t tap to a lower ranked training partner, coach Brian will see it and think I suck” this is a very human thought. We become self conscious. And make silly emotional decisions.
The key problem lies within how we view ourselves, and the opinions of others. If you place the value of others opinions higher than the value of your health. You’re always going to be at high risk of injury. I know, I have more serious injuries than you can count on one hand, that all could have been avoided if I did one thing. Tapped earlier! The thought “I can’t tap to him” has cost me more than $50,000 and countless nights of sleep.
Don’t make the same mistakes I did. Remove the value you place on others opinions and put it onto your own health. In a game theory sense, Jiu Jitsu is much like Poker. You have to focus on the long game, not the short! If you focus too much on the short game you will make irrational decisions that can cost you big time. You have to understand the Jiu Jitsu journey is one that spans years and even decades. And the smarter decisions you make in the short game, the better journey you’re going to have in the long one.
Be smart, tap a lot, learn from it, avoid identifying with anything, remove the value you place on others opinions and enjoy the ride. Because you never know how long it will last.
See you on the mats,
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