Watching someone, from their first lesson and with each lesson building up the confidence, skills and Jiu Jitsu “mindset” is really cool.
While I would be the first to admit that I am still working on each of these aspects of my Jiu Jitsu myself, I really enjoy seeing the improvements my training partners are making.
From the one who has always been able to handle me easily, continue to stay one(more likely two or three) steps ahead of me while rolling is very inspiring.
To the person who only had a little exposure to Jiu Jitsu when they first started at 8020 and in a few months they are using Jiu Jitsu to shut down my game. Forcing me to learn, this is what it is all about!
Watching people use their bodies efficiently and effectively is awesome, when I first started I had this belief that weight was irrelevant in BJJ, that in BJJ skill was EVERYTHING, well in some ways that is true, for example, someone who is well trained, going against someone who is a lot bigger and stronger but completely untrained my money is on the Jiu Jitsu dude.
But this advantage gap is made much smaller once both people have Jiu Jitsu training.(ignoring the brown/higher belt vs white/lower belt both have jiu jitsu training but one is basically a wizard!).
Now, I wonder this:
Because of how much I enjoy seeing my training partners improve, what must it be like for an instructor to see people come off the street with simply no understanding of BJJ and slowly after time build an understanding of the art, watching as a person turns into a better version of themselves, as that is what I see happening.
I know that a big part of improving at Jiu Jitsu is from working with your fellow training partners but that ignores a very important aspect of this whole thing and that is for proper improvement and self development to take place you simply need more than training partners, even if they are the best training partners(which I say 8020BJJ guys are!) you need:
- A place to train.
- Structured training.
- Days dedicated to a single aspect of BJJ for example.
- Also an instructor that links concepts together(and is able to explain them well).
- Top down influence (basically setting the atmosphere of the gym) and a SAFE place to train, 8020BJJ made me welcome from my very first contact with the club.
- And guidance, not just telling someone what they want to hear.
We have that at 8020BJJ. That is our instructor, an instructor who encourages us to experiment, an instructor who encourages us to develop our own style, who will stay after class and answer our questions, provides us with material/resources/links to study based on our own body types, styles and abilities.
An instructor who is always helping us to become a better grappler and I think as a side affect of that, a better person(there has been a lot said about how training Jiu Jitsu can make someone a better person).
As someone who only knows Martial Arts from what I saw when my father was active in Karate while I was a child, on TV/UFC/YouTube and primarily 8020BJJ. 8020 has had a deeply positive impact on my life.