In training for anything there is a certain amount of the outcome that is left up to fate or luck. You can train as hard as you possibly can and then make a small mistake in the moment, leading to a loss. However, ask any competitor and they will all say the same thing, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” Recognizing what you can control is pivotal to training successfully and evolving your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game. The most important aspects of training that you can control are your physical fitness, work ethic, and willingness to learn.
Martial Arts were always marketed as the way for a smaller person to defeat a larger person.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stood out in the martial arts world as a style where a weaker person did not need to have physical strength to defeat a stronger opponent, they merely needed technique and leverage.
This may work against an untrained opponent, but what happens when you encounter a stronger opponent who also has the technique. To put yourself in the best possible position to win you must train your physical fitness just as much as you train your technique.
As BJJ is one of the more dynamic and unique endeavors you can take upon, it is extremely important to cross train multiple workout styles. When rolling your body must be flexible, durable, and strong. There is no muscle group in your body that is not used throughout multiple sessions of rolling. To roll effectively without injury you must prepare and train your body.
Talent is not guaranteed. Some of the greatest sportsmen were simply, incredibly talented. They had the ability to roll out of bed and be inserted in a championship level situation and thrive. For most of us this is not the case. Work ethic is arguably the most important factor to improving anything in your life. In terms of BJJ, work ethic is about showing up to class on time and putting in the effort to improve.
The way our BJJ program is set up is we focus on a certain position for a week or two. In those two weeks we drill certain passes, sweeps, and submissions that come with the position. This is meant to cover all the holes in somebodies’ game, thoroughly moving through each position to train everything possible.
By showing up every class you have no option but to learn. You may have days where you preform better than others, but making the decision to keep showing up and working hard is the most important factor in improving.
As anybody who has trained BJJ will tell you, there is not much you can do to prepare for BJJ. There are certain disciplines such as wrestling and judo that can largely benefit your training, but the only thing to prepare you for BJJ is BJJ. This means that to be as successful as you possibly can be you must be a clean slate.
Building on the work ethic that gets you through the door every day you must listen and be willing to learn. Everyone from white to black belts have something that they can possibly learn each day.
Putting pride aside and opening yourself to criticism and learning will allow you to gain the knowledge that is needed to build your BJJ game.