The Importance Of Being A Nail
Written by Tim Spriggs on March 27, 2018
Getting beat up in practice is part of the game. The journey from white to black belt is filled with training sessions so brutal that you second guess why you started. What separates a black belt from an average joe is their willingness to be physically dominated consistently over a long period of time. In order to be a successful grappler you must be able to be a nail, not just a hammer.
I first started doing jiujitsu because I didn’t want to be a victim. I was more worried about getting stomped out at high school than getting submitted 10 times in 3 minutes on the mat. Now that I am established in the jiujitsu world and am competing at a elite level, my goals have changed but my perspective is the same. What happens in practice is not as important as what happens outside the gym in a tournament or the street.
Every practice I go in with a goal. Many times I am experimenting with new techniques and positions. Since my teammates are so good I end up getting roughed up a lot. That’s perfectly fine. If you do your “A-Game” every practice you won’t expand your game and improve. To be ever-evolving is to be dangerous. Not only will your opponents have to account for what you already excel at, they’ll have to deal with the new aspects of your game that aren’t fully scouted yet.
Take your beatings in stride and remember they’re part of the process.