In this post, I’m simply jumping into the fray of two other posts. We have:
Both are great blogs and both are blogs I follow.
I’d like to chime in here simply because I think I may have some input on what’s happening and why people become less assertive with their Jiu-Jitsu over time. It’s certainly happened with me and it’s bound to be happening with others. I mean, obviously it is or these two wouldn’t have written the posts they have.
Okay, with me, I think I became more laid back over time because I became more experienced with Jiu-Jitsu over time. As newer students came into the gym I trained at, I decided to chill out. No longer were the days of trying to win. Here were the days of me trying to cultivate and teach. Obviously, I wasn’t going to go hard with a new student. I wanted them to learn to love the sport and for them to stick around. Unfortunately, that passivity somehow became a habit.
Also, I think we tend to take our time when sparring because of the drilling we do. When we’re attempting to practice what we’ve learned, it hardly helps to use an aggressive pressure game. We need to take our time and wait for the right setups. When rolling with partners who want to do the same, there’s the possibility of losing a lot of friends by crushing them time and time again.
Lastly, in Jiu-Jitsu there is a lot of emphasis on flow rolling and situational rolling. While these are effective teaching techniques, there definitely needs to be an open mat day or time. Whoever’s leading needs to give clear instructions like, “Okay guys, this is your chance to go at it. Include everything you’ve drilled up to this date and DON’T BE LAZY. Go for it and play to win.” This kind of sparring can be very healthy and can be a refresher for people like me not to get too comfortable. We need to be reminded that Jiu-Jitsu matches are there to be won, not always explored.
Note – Rolling with the correct belt level is imperative. If you’ve decided to spend time with a lower belt, there’s always that “jerk” scenario that’s right around the corner. “Did I go too hard with them?” is common. You need to be training with the same or higher belts. That way, you know where you stand.