This morning I was talking to one of my Brown Belts, Tim, and he was telling me that this idea he adopted of “old man” Jiu-jitsu was getting in his way and creating some problems for him in training.
In my honest opinion, I believe that this idea of “Old Man” BJJ is a bit BS and even a bit restrictive.
This all comes from a recent story of this “older” Brown belt, Tim, rolling with one of our black belts, Mark, who has an insanely difficult guard to pass.
Tim felt like his “Old Man” BJJ style was not working against this specific type of guard. But, Eventually Tim breaks the rules and try’s some “Young Man” BJJ & a looser style of passing.
He stands up and he starts trying to pass side-to-side to get through the guard instead of smash passing low.
When Tim does this, he notices that he starts to get reactions out of the younger Black Belt, and although he couldn’t finish the pass, he felt like made a ton more progress in the roll.
In this video I’ll talk about the downside of putting a label on your BJJ as it relates to your age (like Tim did here), your weight, height, etc., and how far too often we rely on these labels to search for SIMPLE solutions to complex problems.
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