So you want to be a good training partner in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Perhaps the kind of a training partner that everyone wants to roll with and has nothing but good things to say about?
In that case, here is some great advice on being a good training partner – from Firas Zahabi.
He starts off with a simple one. Hygiene:
Well, number one, shower before practice, smell good. Put on deodorant, for God’s sake.
I don’t understand how people go to practice without deodorant!
Hygiene, guys. Brush your teeth, cut your nails.
Cut your toenails, for God’s sake.
His second word of advice has to do with being kind.
In other words, you should be friendly towards your training partners and encourage them.
It’s not just about what you do during the roll, but also about what you do after it:
When you roll, be friendly. Compliment your partners after training.
“You did this sweep well today, you did this position well… Show me that move you did.”
Compliment your training partners. Be the guy everybody wants to roll with.
Don’t worry about dominating everybody and feeding your ego. Go in and enjoy yourself. Have fun.
Watch the video below for more of Firas Zahabi’s thoughts, as well as on why MMA is such a tough sport: