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Often times, the newer student will not know much about Jiu-Jitsu, or anything about grappling, and will revert to being more “spazzy” with their movements. They will replace calculated and controlled techniques with wild, explosive actions. The thinking being, “I’ll just use my muscles and athleticism to over-power my opponent,” or not realizing that the movement or technique can injure your training partner.

In the beginning, this tends to happen to many newer students. They act “crazy”, and mindlessly drive forward with no regard for themselves, or their training partners. Being spastic sometimes ends up being dangerous, hitting others or going too far applying a technique, because their movements are not controlled. The mindset of the over-zealous individual is to “win at all costs” instead of learning from any mistakes that are made, or “It’s okay to go hard because that’s why I’m training in the first place.” This couldn’t be more farther from the truth.

Should the newer student just relax? Well, not necessarily. Relaxing is good, especially as skill and experience increases, but the thinking or behavior should really be about being loose and active. Acting “crazy”, or letting frustration take over, gets you swept, passed or submitted must easier when you roll. Plus, acting like a spaz when you’re simply training is just not conducive to proper learning. So instead of worrying about “winning or losing”, perhaps concern yourself with simply getting better and being a great training partner.

So control the craziness, and let the potential for learning come pouring in.

Learn. Drill. Roll. TRANSFORM!

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