If you’re a white belt (or even a blue belt), you might find yourself wanting to impress your higher-ranked training partners as you roll. You might want to do this even against your coach, by asking yourself: “What should I do from here so that my coach knows I’m good enough?”
However, thinking like this can often incapacitate you from performing well in the first place. Take the following advice from Nick “Chewy” Albin – and stop worrying what others think of you.
WHITE BELTS: STOP STRESSING ABOUT WHAT YOUR COACH THINKS OF YOU
First of all, there’s no true way to “beat” your coach. If you do, it’s because he/she let you – so you may stop worrying about that. Plus, if the only thing you’re thinking of is “impressing” your coach, then you’ll get analysis-paralysis; you’ll get so caught up in your thinking that you won’t be able to just do Jiu-Jitsu.
Therefore, try letting all of your expectations go the next time you roll. Sure, it won’t be easy… You’ll often find yourself overthinking in BJJ, throughout your journey. But that doesn’t matter; what matters is that you give your best to just roll whenever you have the chance.
By being relaxed, trying out things in a calm manner, and showing respect to the coach and teammates – that’s how you’ll ultimately impress everyone around you.