BJJ Team Mentality

| December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Receiving a lot of feedback from a lot of fellow practitioners that I have some sort of uncanny ability to explain the mental aspects of our sport. I think the easier way to put it is in one single word: Philosophy. Concepts that are used to study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
I also consider it a simple task to explain the bio-physics of why something works as a submission, and why it hurts the body, ensuring the mind tells their opponents body “Yes I’ve had enough.
Therefore the “Why” factor becomes natural for a student, again therefore the “How” becomes much easier.

Let’s call this one “The BJJ Mindset”! Everything in these upcoming articles will be based on Jiu-Jitsu with the goal of helping with the improvement of our practitioners on and off the mats mentally.

To kick this into high gear, let’s chose a simple thought process. “Combining our minds with a common goal’. Many of you may have heard the phrase “I met my best friends on the mats”. You’ve noticed senior students are the ones who talk about it most often, right? And you wonder why, right? The answer to this question, lays within the magic that happens when we partner with people who all share a common goal.

A friend is a person you’ve established a positive connection with and in their eyes you show that  you have a positive influence on their life. Many true friendships begin in BJJ, because during the fight, the roll, the sparring, the technique based drilling, students reveal themselves and show their true personality. A friend is someone who knows you well and is always willing to help you, strengthening the friendship you share.

All great practitioners have teamed up with others to accomplish their goals. Once these superstars understood the value of interdependence, they stayed mainly with people who followed the same line of thought and had common goals. So, they put together successful teams, oriented towards the common goals of the group and the end result was excellent. Personally, I’ve got a BJJ black belt, Judo Black belt, 2 UFC fighters and a handful of other MMA fighters who all train with and around me.

5 lessons we can take off the mats and apply in life:

  • 1 – All who’ve performed great things have joined with others to accomplish goals. (The teaching aspect)
  • 2 – The growth of our friends, colleagues and partners is our own growth. (Sharing of Knowledge)
  • 3 – Unity and friendship are key elements for anyone who wants to succeed. (No ME in AMIGO) 🙂
  • 4 – The bond of two or more people generate a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. (I’m sure someone’s heard a math teacher say this once or twice). (Train together, stay together)
  • 5 – Control of the mind is necessary so that the ego does not overlap the reason, therefore maintaining control of the body. (Control your mind, control your body, also when I tell some of my older students, “Control the head, control the body”)

Victories and defeats happen according to our ability to manage the people that surround us in our lives. A good Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is one who knows all the rules and all the techniques. An excellent one knows that taking care of their mind is Jiu-Jitsu, never lets their ego and vanity get the better of them, is humble and above all thinks about the future.  They see the bigger picture and put the goals of the team before their own.

The highest end of  Jiu-Jitsu practitioners understands the power of cooperation; and always works in with the  team in achieving the common goals. They know success and happiness go together, as people learn from one another being part of a team. Take care of your mind, train in Jiu-Jitsu.




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Category: Fireside Chat, J3 "Just Jiu Jitsu"

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I'm a born and raised New Englander, I've been around the MMA and BJJ circuits for years dating back to 2005. A Maine native, BJJ brown belt, and ABC certified MMA referee. I'm a grammatical nightmare but hey, you'll get the point. Being a dump truck physically and a blunt object mentally allows me to see the finer points within the sport of BJJ, without being compromised via politics, biased, racism, sexism or negativity. I've been around the country, as a medic, referee, setup crew, breakdown crew, driver, and everything in between that a promotion has needed in order to gain the inside intel on today's world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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