HOW TRAINING WITH WHITE BELTS ELEVATES YOUR GAME
First off, IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m calling you out. YouÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve struggled with keeping control of some new white belt in class. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s OK to admit it! Just because someone hasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t mean that they're not tougher than a bag of hammers!
You should make it a point to include rolling with white belts as part of your training. As we progress in BJJ sometimes we find ourselves rolling with the same guys. You get used to a certain pace, maybe a certain body type, and sometimes itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s just too comfortable to roll with the same people day in and day out. You know each others game, you flow and react without thinking too much. This is especially true when you outrank many of your team members and you get to pick and choose who you want to roll with.
But the raw white belt can present some unique challenges. They donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t move like your training partners move, and they do unexpected things. Many times they are explosive and difficult to hang on to. Rolling with a true athlete who doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t yet know BJJ is a lot different than rolling with someone from your school who has been training for a long time. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m not talking about rolling with every spaztastic new guy off the street who doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t have control of his own limbs, but how about athletes from other sports, former wrestlers, or guys who have trained in Judo or other grappling arts?... MORE >