Jiu-jitsu is an inherently hard activity. When starting out, you go to a school and start learning to grapple in a room full of complete strangers.
For many people, in the beginning, this is an intensely uncomfortable experience. Some people have reported that some BJJ training sessions were so intense that they would be so nervous before training and would have to sit in the car and talk themselves into going into the gym before every class….
Some people are terrified of not understanding the techniques or of getting hurt during live rolling. Many newcomers to BJJ may feel this way, have to talk themselves into going to class tonight, and are often frustrated by their slow progress in BJJ, and very often by being constantly smashed by higher belts during live rolling…
If you fall into that category, then Navy Seal legend and BJJ black belt Jocko Willink would like to share with you some of the lessons he learned as he went along in his training.
From September of 1990 to 2010 Willink was a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and Seal Task Unit Commander leading hundreds of operations in combat. He earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from world champion Dean Lister, competed at the national level in Submission Grappling, and has trained dozens of professional fighters. He has also coached and cornered fighters in numerous King of the Cage, Pride, and UFC events.
Jocko started training BJJ in 1995 under the Fabio Santos. He then started training 2-3x a day.