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Why Patience Is The Key To Success In Jiu-Jitsu
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Why Patience Is The Key To Success In Jiu-Jitsu

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Why Patience Is One Of The Most Important Things In BJJ

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, timing is everything. Often times, you will see a new BJJ player who is eager to try and get the advantage rush towards a submission and either end up getting taped or getting stuck in a bad scenario. A lot of the time, patience is what is really required to pull something off. When it comes to timing, there is one person who understands the value of being patient, and that is 5 time World Champion Bernardo Faria. Bernardo has been around the jiu jitsu scene since for over 15 years. As a kid, he started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the tender age of 14 while living in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Bernardo received his black belt from Ricardo Marques in 2008 and moved to Sao Paulo to join BJJ legend Fabio Gurgel and his Alliance team. Bernardo eventually went on to open his own BJJ academy in Boston, Massachusetts, and has been teaching and sharing his knowledge there ever since.

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So what does Bernardo have to say regarding patience in jiu jitsu? Here’s what he has to say: “I always say that if you have 100% of the things you need to do a move but the timing is not right because you were not patient you may not get it but if you have 70% of the things that you need to do a move and you have the perfect timing than you will get the move.” This should give you a good idea of just how important being patience is when it comes to grappling. This becomes even more important the older you get, or if you are going against someone who is very explosive with a lot of energy. By being patient, you not only exhaust your opponent but find openings to attack at just the right time.

Watch the video below in which Bernardo Faria breaks down why patience is one of the most important things in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Check it out now!

Remember, jiu jitsu is sometimes referred as the “lazy man’s sport.” The reason behind this ironic quote is why practicing patience is important. Conserve your energy, and wait for opportunities to come to you. If you are competing against someone who has a lot of energy and likes to move around, you can out play them simply by being patient and capitalizing on a stupid mistake, or from exhaustion.  This is a very important lesson from Bernardo Faria, especially if you are new and tend to struggle with submitting opponents or find yourself becoming easily exhausted. So the next time you are in a live roll or competing, ask yourself “am I being patient?” This one simple concept could easily revolutionize your entire game. I hope you found this lesson useful. Thank you Bernardo for sharing this excellent advice with us! Now get out there and force yourself to be the patient Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player!   

Bernardo Faria is known as one of the best teachers for all levels of Jiu Jitsu because all of his techniques require no strength, speed or flexibilty. His Jiu Jitsu Foundations DVD shows you how to learn simple concepts and approaches that will make your jiu jitsu game scary.

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