The difference between a partner and an opponent
A partner is someone we take care of, we build up and make better no matter how strong or weak they are. An opponent is someone we try to beat and are not personally concerned with their improvement. It is imperative that we treat everyone in our school as partners not opponents, this is what creates growth within an academy and makes the school strong.
Jiu-Jitsu (translated “art of gentleness”) emphasizes ground-fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint manipulations and chokes.
A larger more powerful opponent maintains the majority of his advantage in any situation where punches are exchanged due to his size and mass.
Using Brazilian Jiu-jitsu the practitioner puts himself in positions where only he can strike or nobody can strike. This can most easily and safely be done by bringing the fight to the ground.
BJJ advocates that a fight going to the ground is a high percentage occurance. If either fighter wants the fight to go to the ground, it likely will. Once the opponent is on the ground, arrays of techniques are used to maintain dominant positions and eventually move toward a submission.
Once the conflict is brought to the ground, positions that maintain striking advantage or ability to negate striking act as an anchor for an opponent. These positions give the Jiu-Jitsu player a platform to maneuver and attack from.
Measure yourself against yourself, not other people
Different people have different strengths and weaknesses, one of the great things about BJJ is that no matter your size stature or attributes you can learn a style to fit you! Don’t measure yourself against others so much as against yourself; are you better than you were last month?
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is not a sport, it’s a lifestyle
Sports are generally practiced seasonally; BJJ should be more of a lifestyle in that it is practiced year round. Consistency is the most important key to success in anything worth achieving. There will be highs and lows, there will be times you are not 100% you may even be injured or just at a place where you are losing interest. This is normal. It is important to continue your practice, through consistency you will grow, you will be healthy again and you will break through barriers you never thought possible.