Invest in Yourself

So you love training Jiu Jitsu. You attend class regularly, enjoy rolling and even make time to do some extra drilling when you can. You watch YouTube videos, buy magazines, read blogs and talk with Jiu Jitsu with your training mates all the time! You may even compete or  support your team mates when they compete. But you don’t like to spend money on seminars or private lessons… My question is why not?

Don’t get me wrong, you will learn a great deal by attending class regularly, listening and being consistent with your training. The fact that you have made such a commitment to training in the art and living the life style is great! You really are a lot to change and improve your life through the art and that is awesome!

Felipe Grez, Michelle Nicolini and Felipe Faria after one of Michelle's seminars.
Felipe Grez, Michelle Nicolini and Felipe Faria after one of Michelle’s seminars.

However, I am always surprised when I hear a student of the art saying I don’t go to seminars or take private lessons as they are a waste of money! Really? Have you had that many bad experiences or are you just projecting your own unsubstantiated opinions? Why wouldn’t you be willing to invest in yourself? You are worth it! The beauty of a private lesson or seminar is that you get the condensed life and training experience of a seasoned Jiu Jitsu artist for a mere pittance. Now I am not saying you have to do them all the time or spend a fortune on them. But if you can do them every now and then, you will be a better Jiu Jitsu practitioner from the experience!

I myself attend BJJ seminars and take private lessons regularly looking to learn more and improve. I always find that I take away at least a couple of key details that will make me better in each regardless of who the instructor is! As a BJJ black belt and coach, I have learned so much from seminars that were taught by various instructors over the years. These were just regular seminars mind you where the majority of attendees were white and blue belts, not some super secret advanced closed door sessions!

Kron Gracie and Felipe Grez after a great seminar by Kron!
Kron Gracie and Felipe Grez after a great seminar by Kron!

Whenever I get the opportunity I try to take private lessons from visiting black belts or even just more experienced black belts and I find these to be priceless! It is always interesting to me to see a technique through the eyes of another seasoned BJJ artist.

And I find it interesting that the vast majority of private lessons that I teach regularly are to purple and brown belts and to a couple of blue belts as well! It still amazes me that, the better or higher ranked Jiu Jitsu artists are the ones who invest in themselves and their knowledge far more! Again no a case of right or wrong, just interesting…

Upcoming Seminar with Australian BJJ pioneer John Will at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom.
Upcoming Seminar with Australian BJJ pioneer John Will at Jiu Jitsu Kingdom.

So if you don’t already invest in yourself, I highly recommend that when you get a chance you either do a seminar or take a private lesson with a visiting BJJ black belt or both! Even the odd private lesson with your teacher will do wonders for your game as you will be able to work on specific areas that you want or need to improve!

 

Have a great day and happy rolling!

Felipe Grez