Jiu Jitsu Instructors respect hard work
Jiu Jitsu Instructors respect hard work. This is something many whitebelts look for when they begin to train. New whitebelts are shy, somewhat nervous and even a little scared. 20 + years of BJJ has shown me many things. Almost everything has been seen from the new student. Students have been seen offering to do anything from yard work, handyman stuff and most of all, throwing money around. Personally, I have been offered sports tickets and presents in attempts by newer students to “get in that inner circle.” If they only knew how easy it was. First appearances are important. Don’t make your instructor wary of you from the beginning by being to pushy or trying to buy them.
Train hard and be yourself
Inspiring people is what BJJ school owners I know are guys who believe in. Renzo Gracie, a legend who was one of my instructors, once said that are not in the business of selling martial arts but in the business of selling confidence. Confidence is the road to success. School owners just want to help you fit in and become better practitioners and in return, better people. (Here is a link to another blog I wrote about fitting in http://njbjj.com/fitting-into-your-bjj-school/ ) Training hard and showing an interest at getting better at BJJ is the road to take. Soak in every ounce of information you can. Ask BJJ related questions. As a result, your instructor will show more interest in you. Just be yourself. Trust is something that goes a long way in BJJ. Relationships between student and instructor must have trust. There are no shortcuts on the road to success.
Especially relevant is coachability being another key to being successful and getting better. Consequently, implementing what is taught will speed up the process. Because Instructors across the world have devoted their lives to spreading the art, passion in most BJJ Academy owners is visible. . Personally, I am from lineage of the Gracie Family and I take the responsibility of spreading their family’s art seriously. It is the responsibility of today’s instructors to carry on the art. Keeping the level of BJJ high is a must. The fear of the art getting watered down is always on our mind. There is an old martial art saying “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” Always be ready to learn and your teacher will always be around.
The Perfect student
Every martial arts instructor has an image of their perfect student. My “perfect” students are the ones that strive to be the best on the mat. In addition, they also live by the martial arts code when off the mat. As a result, they are improving faster by following this code.
Hence, always be the guy who is drenched in sweat. Furthermore, are you taking an easier road or trying to fake things? Since nothing is handed to you in BJJ, all of your belts are earned, instructors notice this. That is the beauty of BJJ. Nothing is handed to you in BJJ, all of your belts are earned. Jiu-Jitsu belt ranks, especially the blackbelt, are held so dear for this reason. Martial Arts instructors respect the process, do not try to take shortcuts. Finally, “Work hard in silence. Let your success make all the noise”.