How To NOT Improve In BJJ

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Getting better too fast? 

Afraid your progress is making you too good?

Want to sabotage your own success?

Then you need to read this.

One of the biggest problems infecting the BJJ community is the surplus of students getting too good too fast.  It seems like every student who saunters through the doors of her BJJ school becomes the next Mackenzie Dern within a matter of years. 

What can you do to help stem the tide of BJJ legends?

Simple. Follow these four steps.   

Attend Class Sporadically

A few times a month should do it. In between binge drinking sessions at the pub and long absences because of girlfriends, make sure to reintroduce yourself to the BJJ class.

Each time, there will be several new faces at the gym. Where did they come from?

No matter. You can still brag to them about how you’ve been ‘training’ for five years and casually leave out the fact that you only have 25 hours worth of mat time.

Newbies won’t know the difference.

Don’t Be Coachable

If the techniques you’ve learned in class don’t work, discard them immediately. 

Sure, your instructor will probably tell you that you just need to drill them more, but what does he know? You have two stripes on your white belt and a brand spanking new spider guard triangle set up you “learned” on Youtube last week. No one knows the game like you do!

So tell your instructor and his fifth-degree black belt to go suck an egg!

Go for the Advanced Techniques

Who wants to waste her time replacing guard from the bottom of side control or drilling some solid guard passes?

Get yourself some Miyao brothers techniques, girl! You’ve got to surprise your opponents with some sick stuff that they won’t see coming.

Berimbolo and lapel guard is where it’s at!

Don’t ask questions

This one is super important! How are you going to successfully block the inflow of new knowledge if your instructor is endowing you with her wisdom?

Instead, storm off the mats pouting if a brand new white belt taps you twice in a match with the same choke. It has nothing to do with a bad habit or a hole in your knowledge. And even if it did, what could your instructor possibly do to fix it?

Besides, numerous scientific studies prove that if you just ignore a problem – or storm away pouting and cussing under your breath – the problem will fix itself. 

Or they don’t, and you should do the exact opposite of everything I said.

Good training to you!

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