Manage Expectations With Your BJJ
Setting correct expectations leads to longevity in training.
Like all things it helps to manage expectations when embarking on a new or different journey. New people come into Jiu-Jitsu for a wide array of reasons. Who they are and what their goals are could be way different then your own. When starting Jiu-Jitsu it’s important to learn how to manage your expectations.
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When first starting you might as well expect discomfort and tapping out. A lot of tapping. Understand that this is part of the process. Imagine you walked into a world class gym and paid good money to sign up. Now imagine being able to get the better of people who have been training the art for years. If that was the case would you come back? It’s an odd concept, but part of what you are paying for when you sign up is discomfort.
This discomfort is what makes tougher, stronger, more technically sound practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Understand that this process is why BJJ is the fastest growing and most sought after martial arts. If you go into training expecting a reasonable degree of difficulty you’ll be much further ahead.
Iron sharpens Iron. If you ‘ve ever heard this before, and understand the concept than you should fit right into your new academy. There may be no better way to explain what “iron sharpens iron” means than what goes on in a Jiu-Jitsu academy. Getting better involves getting put into difficult situations and finding ways to overcome. This is one of the reasons BJJ is encouraged for kids. It teaches them to embrace struggle in life and to know that there is a deeper meaning in the struggle.
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If you are only able to train part time understand that you may never be an IBJJF or ADCC champion, and that is 100 percent OK. Some people can be deterred from Jiu-Jitsu because it’s easy to see the dedication and determination it takes to become one of the best. Don’t be that person. If you can only train two times per week, show up prepared and make the most of it. The reality of the situation is that any amount of training is better than no training. If you know and expect this going in you can maintain the goals you originally strived to achieve.
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