When are you just training hard and when do you cross the line into the realm of a mat bully?
This is a question that came from our friend Tim who was recently accused of being a bully in his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gym.
He also makes a reference to mat bullys in a recent video I did.
The video our friend Tim was asking about was here: https://youtu.be/diTEcRp1aOg
In this video I look at the situation where Tim who is a White Belt in BJJ was applying pressure to another White Belt. The aim was to get a response and open up a armbar submission.
The big idea I try to zero in on is that it’s not always what you do, but where does it come from.
Meaning are your actions on the mat coming from a place of desire and passion for Brazilian Jiujitsu, or are you actions fueled by neediness to win and insecurity.
I’ve personally been on both sides of the fence in relationship to this issue. I’ve been the needy guy who was overly aggressive and only cared about winning.
Now I train hard, but always with a focus of excitement for training and an attempt to better myself and my training partners.
If this is a situation you’ve found yourself in, I hope this video is helpful for you and your BJJ training.
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