There are a lot of different personality types in the world, and many of them are on full display in the BJJ academy.
The vast majority of students are enthusiastic and good training partners. There are a notable few, however, who are…er…a challenge for team mates and instructors alike.
Here are a short, but by no means exhaustive list.
You are merely showing a move to some students and the demonstration partner decides that the best way for everyone to learn the technique is for him to resist with full power and thrash on the mat like a salmon on.the dock.
“Hey dude, we are just trying to learn the move. Why are you fighting???”
By the look in his eyes, he seems genuinely surprised that his frantic, drowning man clutching is not helpful.
Perhaps some yoga stretches and a scented candle are needed to calm his frantic energy.
The YouTube Hotdog
This student can’t escape a mount correctly or demonstrate a technical guard pass, but by golly last night he saw Keenan Cornelius’ new Invisible Ninja Lapel Guard, and this is the missing piece to his BJJ game!
All of those elbow to knee escapes are boring. Let’s get right to the Double Reverse Berimbolo because that is exactly what this two-stripe white belt needs to really elevate their game to a three-stripe level!
Clueless In Class
The instructor demonstrated the basic guard collar choke three times in the center of the mat and the students pair off to drill.
One student waves the instructor over.
“Am I doing this right?” he asks.
The student proceeds to grab both sleeves and flail about with his legs, trying to do some ersatz sweep that would cause Helio Gracie to spend the afternoon in his room with a cool washcloth across his forehead.
“How can you choke without a collar grip?” the instructor asks.
He replies with a blank stare. Zero idea of what he just saw.
What odd ball behaviors do you see in the academy?