If you want to be (at least reasonably) successful at anything that you do, then it’s a good idea to follow through a set number of rules which will make your success more easily attained. And not just that, but following through these rules will also make you a lot happier with whatever it is that you’re doing; which also applies to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Tom DeBlass recently shared 10 such rules, calling them “Jiu-Jitsu Commandments”. They’re simple to understand but not easy to follow – and if you give your best at them, you’ll find both better progress and more happiness on the mats.
Some Jiu-Jitsu commandments I feel are imperative to live by:
1. Thou shall not get the guard passed.
2. Thou shall not get reversed.
3. Thou shall not go for Leg Locks before learning Guard Passing.
4. Thou shall leave the mats thankful each day.
5. Thou shall show up on days we don’t want for our teammates.
6. Thou shall train with technique.
7. Thou shall save the hardest and most intense training for those with similar goals.
8. Thou shall cut nails and clean their damn body and gi.
9. Thou shall be coachable.
10. Thou shall greet new students with a smile.
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Are you already following these commandments well? Or do you need to pay more attention to some of them? Let us know which ones!