Certainty is the Enemy of Growth

Certainty is the Enemy of Growth

are-you-sureAre you certain you know this technique or that? Are you sure you know the basics? One of the most disgusting things I can witness on the Jiu Jitsu mats is “experienced” belts lounging about during drilling time because the technique of the day is too basic. Really Mr. Blue/Purple/Brown Belt? You know BJJ fundamentals 100% perfect? You’re already too good at Jiu Jitsu and drilling is just a waste of your time? I have seen this many times. One or two reps (when the instructor is looking) then its fucking off for the next 15 to 20 minutes until sparring starts. The comments, “yeah, I got this one down already” gets thrown around all the time.

RECOMMENDATION: Never be certain you know ANYTHING in Jiu Jitsu 100%. When presented a technique that you have drilled a thousand times before, drill it like it’s your first time. Drill the hell out of it! be super-mindful about everything in that technique. Drill like a beginner…even the so-called “boring” techniques (ie., non-submission or non-sweeping techniques). If you do this, little by little, you will peel back layers and get a deeper understanding of the technique. Even “simple” techniques have an amazing amount of complexity to them. To gain that knowledge you must drill like a beginner.