When you are a BJJ white belt, you will often be on a emotional roller coaster ride. You have to deal with constantly getting smashed in training by everyone, and often find yourself wondering why do you put yourself trough this…
There is no denying that Jiu-Jitsu is designed to make you quit, but if you push through, it can actually be a beautiful thing in your life and change you for the better.
Geo Martinez is a black belt under the legendary Eddie Bravo. Interestingly, Geo comes from breakdancing and he was able to get a black belt in 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu in a record 3 years. His most significant competition results are winning the EBI tournament and placing 4th at the ADCC in 2015.
We recently asked Geo, during the 10th planet camp in Amsterdam what advice he could give white belts.
I’ve got a tip for all the white belts out there. You know when you start out, it might seem like you’re not getting better. It might seem like it’s very difficult and hard to learn Jiu-Jitsu, but if you stick through it and you keep training hard you’re going to discipline your mind, discipline your body.
Your body and your mind are amazing. Naturally humans are amazing, that’s what we do, we adapt but you have to really commit to it. You know there is no secret how to get good at Jiu-Jitsu. You have to be dedicated, you’ve got to be focusing on working hard but eventually the cool thing is that you’re always going to see results if you put in the effort.
So you need to work hard and bring in those good vibes. You have to keep progressing and don’t give up, don’t let the negative energy get to you, and stay positive and follow your journey all the way through to the black belt.