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There's No Crying in Jiu-Jitsu

How to Check Your Ego, Control Your Emotions and Become a Better Student


Purple at Long Last: The night I got my purple belt, after quitting for more than six years, going down many paths that were not "The Way" - and more than 10 years after I received my blue, I found my way back - and learned how to be a better student in the process.


With a host of new white belts starting their journey with us recently, it made sense to give this tutorial - from someone who suffered from many of these new student problems - me.


Checking your ego, controlling your emotions and learning how to be a student - will all go a very long way to ensuring you get the most out of your training.


These behaviors can be difficult to implement, but the frustration you will feel if you cannot detach yourself from some of these, will slow your development and ensure you will be a bottom-feeding, butt-of-the-joke white belt for a very long time.


I hope the breakdown here is done in a way that is easy to understand and implement for anyone out there struggling with the frustration that can be training jiu-jitsu.




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