Tony Jeffries is an Olympic bronze medalist boxer who recently took it upon himself to try out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 30 days… And to see just how good he could get at the end of that 30-day period.
So what did he learn from the entire experience? Let’s take a brief look at the lessons that Jeffries has derived from training BJJ!
OLYMPIC BOXER’S LESSONS IN BJJ
Jeffries started off his training by rolling with a purple belt, who submitted him 6 times in a 5-minute round. Yet, he was surprised by how “the smaller guy” is gracefully throwing him around and tapping him out – without trying to hurt him.
Furthermore, Jeffries has been positively surprised by how everyone in the gym has been looking to help him improve. Whereas in boxing, for example, if you’re a bigger guy and you go head-to-head with a smaller guy… They’ll be looking to “prove a point” more often than not.
Plus, as he progressed through training, he realized that he will not be able to do Jiu-Jitsu for 30 days in a row. Predominantly because his body started aching, so he switched his challenge from 30 days to 30 training sessions – and he started taping his fingers.
And that’s exactly what BJJ is about – it seems like it’s easy at first, but then you realize how hard and fun it is.
Jeffries’ coach Bruno Valdivino explained it well:
You get sore, you get tired, you get beat up… Some people don’t like it. But if you want to get better, you come every single day.
Every single day, I learn something new. Even now. Every day, new things come – new positions, new bodies, new poses, new techniques, new mindsets…
Every time I learn, every time I meet a student, I look at books, I watch the videos. Because every day is new to me.
This is what’s good about Jiu-Jitsu.
Watch the video below to see how well Tony Jeffries has done at the end of the challenge: