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The Truth Behind The Jiu Jitsu Memes

The Truth Behind The Jiu Jitsu Memes

Memes are funny but there is truth behind everyone of them. How many are you guilty of?

Patents asking the instructor when their child is going to get promoted. As a child I always got embarrassed if my Parents got involved. Even in tournaments after 5 years of trying to win a trophy ? my Mom bought one for me on my return from Toronto. The intention is good but it’s not the trophy I wanted, it was the winning it part I wanted. On my return from Toronto I won my first one which stood 4 feet tall so it was nice to put it beside the 1 foot tall trophy she bought ?. I no longer know where that trophy is today but I still recall the day and every second of every moment.

Everyone trains on the mats and the last thing we want is bacterial infection from someone bringing germs and urine onto the mats. Wear shoes at all times when your off the mats to keep everything cleaner and safer. Never walk on the mats with the same shoes you walk outside in. The only shoes allowed are wrestling shoes that are only worn on the mats.

Also known as the student with bad cardio or who shows up late to skip out on the warm up. Most likely they will just jump in for rounds and wonder why their body is busted up. Take pride in your art and strive to show up on time and ready to go.

Going light is like unicorns…people talk about it but it doesn’t exist. Basically what they are saying is I want to feel you out and if I think I’m better then you I will just go hard. Going light means take a little, give a little, but quickly you find out that your giving and they keep taking so you have to step your game up to match their intensity. Watch out for the popular let’s go 30%(or number of choice) as if they have a dial on their body that they can set at 30%.

When the instructor is showing a guard pass and you drill it you but have to follow up with 3 or 4 submissions on your partner. Or your partner goes into teacher mode and tells you 10 counters that may happen and when it’s your turn to practice to Coach yells time. This is where the popular expression was created “Shut Up And Train”

Adults are guilty of this also. It’s basically telling your instructor that you think you are entitled to something which you are not. If they thought you were ready you would be wearing your new belt already. Everyone is on their own time and their own journey so don’t compare yourself to others. If you are a competitor, you will be held to a higher standard as that is the path you have chosen. If your 50 years old, work full time, have a family,  don’t compare yourself to the 20 year old that trains full time and lives at home.

Fancy moves look nice but with out the solid basics to get you into that fancy position you will just find yourself getting smashed. Stay focused and build a solid foundation first and listen to your Instructor.

Oh I forgot aka I was desperate and getting tired so I just wanted a way out. If you see something taped up or with a brace on it , don’t attack it.

Rolling is fun and we are guilty of this one. Drilling can be boring and repetitive but it’s the only way to build Coordination and learn how to properly execute a technique. Rolling every class can be hard on the body and to be doing it 365 days of the year you will stress your joints. Learn to rest and listen to your body and your body will last longer.

Ego will slow down your progress. Choosing only partners you can beat or smaller and lighter than yourself or when tried you stop rolling out of fear of getting submitted.

It does take time to learn moves and the ability to stay calm but Try not to use brute force that may cause injury to your training partners. Use common sense when you are a lot heavier than your training partner and don’t crush their ribs with your knee on belly.

Confidence is good but feeding your Ego about how great you are is not the Martial Arts way. Being humble and working hard will earn you respect among your peers and you will receive all the complaints your ego can handle. Never let it go to your head and don’t be the person at competitions where you have people hoping you loose. They are just random people not even associated with your competitor they are just people sick of your social media bragging or how you carry yourself after you win or lose a match.

Basically  a different way to say let’s just go light. Flow rolling if a non stop roll with no power and all submissions that are applied are meant for your  partners to  escape them to keep the flow going. It’s a great way to drill and warm up and if you get a nice flow going you have just found yourself a great training partner..Aka…oh you said flow not full ?‍♂️

If you keep playing it safe and don’t experiment with new positions you will just plateau. Never pushing yourself to fight lower belts when your tired out of fear of tapping. Remember Dojo wins don’t mean anything as it’s training. If you want to really test yourself out sign up for a tournament.

Just covering up the infection doesn’t stop it from spreading. Show respect to your team and stay home until it’s cleared up. This also includes when your sick so you don’t pass it to your training partners. Use this time to write down some training goals or watch some YouTube videos.

My arm is really sore so I just tapped early. I didn’t get much sleep last night. I had a long day a work today, I should of just stayed home. These are also the excuses people will tell you before the match starts so they can justify why they might lose.

Always getting beat up as the new guy is normal but seeking out the new guy just so you can go hard and get the win shouldn’t be more important then making them feel welcome at the club.


If you wash your belt you wash away all your hard work. In that case don’t wash your Gi…or even better don’t take a shower. You will keep your powers but no one wants to training with the stinky student.

Denial of injury…you just heard a pop in your knee so you try a few squats and running around convincing yourself it’s fine. The next day when the adrenaline is gone you realize the pain your in but you show up to train anyways. Being tough is one thing but not letting your body heal properly to prevent long term pain will keep you on the mats longer in the end.


This student only wants to fight tired people so they have a better chance of winning. This is a mental weakness and disrespectful towards your training partners demonstrating that you all care about winning. You need to fight when your tired so all your strength is gone and you now have to rely on your technique.

After receiving a belt they do not think they deserve, the thought of taping to a lower belt keeps them from coming back. It’s normal to get caught sometimes by a lower belt and you should use this as motivation to get better and work towards your next level.