One of the Biggest Mistakes You Can Make in BJJ Training…

I want to cover something that is HUGE for your training progress. It’s a big “no no” for anyone, really, but all the more costly to your progress when you’re an older BJJ student attempting to play the game with younger athletes.

In fact, it’s one of the most common errors I see as  a coach.

And his mistake can SABOTAGE your game even quicker than trying to be the “YouTube King” who just accumulates tons of techniques – although as you’ll see the two go hand-in-hand…

That said, here’s the next critical tip:
“At all costs, DO NOT copy someone else’s style.”

Seriously. I can’t emphasize this enough. In most cases, this will set you waaaay back. And a lot of times it’s not your fault. Let me explain…

Aside from all the access we have nowadays to so countless techniques on the web  (I used to buy  VHS instructional sets back in the day), many  people get lured into this “trap” by:

a) Trying to emulate the games of the upper belts in  their school.

and / or:

b) Being taught their instructor’s style.

Even a lot of great “teachers” can screw up their students without even knowing it.

Let’s say I am a coach with a “long and lanky” build (happens to be true). I have certain moves and routes
I’ve worked out over the years, things that work for me on the mat.

A lot of my technique is going to be rooted in adaptations I have made based on my particular set of physical attributes and mindset.

(Yes, your personality — HOW you think and even act —  is a big part of the equation too. I will talk about this more at another time.)

So now let’s say I am coaching a student (we’ll call him ‘Charlie’) who is 6 inches shorter, stocky, and has short legs.

No matter how brilliant or articulate I may be as I break down and teach the techniques that work for me,
you can be pretty sure that I just ROYALLY F@#%ED UP Charlie’s game.

Fact is: the ONLY time it’s a good idea to adopt someone else’s personal style is if you have already “proven” — by starting to develop your own routes during live training — that you tend to play a similar game as they do.

In most cases, this will mean that you have similar attributes as the person whose game you’re emulating.

OK — now that I’ve presented a problem, what’s the solution?

The solution is crucial: Focus On Fundamentals.

This is where I hear, “Yeah, yeah… everyone knows that. You’ve got to have the basics first.”

But there is a CRUCIAL difference between the concept of a “Basic technique” and a “Fundamental.”

This video below is a great example of what I mean by a Fundamental. I’ll build on it with some “problem
solving” as we go, but this is some “meat & potatoes”:

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