What is the secret to winning Jiu Jitsu? I am amazed at what I discover every time I go to train with a open mind. Let me share with you one of the latest things I’ve learned. As a white belt I was a white belt. I couldn’t over come someone higher then me unless I got lucky or so I thought. When I got my blue belt all the sudden it was as if I came alive. My instructor commented on how impressed he was with how I was doing after my promotion. I was very happy and excited. Then something happened. I blogged about it in Jiu Jitsu Mind Block – In The Slump and Jiu Jitsu Learning Curve – What To Expect. I hit a wall. I just couldn’t do anything. I was reduced to holding guard for dear life. I got a lot of good advice and it helped me pull out of it. In the process of pulling out I learned a secret to winning at Jiu Jitsu. Its all in your head. I was my own worst enemy. I was limiting myself by my belief in myself. I was to worried about my ego. I didn’t want to lose so I couldn’t take a chance to win. Once I took all the good advice I was given things started to change. I relaxed and enjoyed myself, win or lose. The next thing I knew I was back on my game. As I rolled techniques flowed and I found myself in mount more often then being mounted. It all came together last night at class. I went up against another blue belt I had never meet before. Instead of trying to size him up or let thoughts enter my mind of what my chances would be of winning I just rolled. I dominated. I was not able to submit him but he spent 80% of his time with me mounted on him. He finally tapped as I was setting up a arm bar that felt like it would have brought his tap anyway.
Jiu Jitsu is about battling on two fronts, the physical and mental. Using them together in proper form and balance is the secret to BJJ.