What’s the most important, most valuable skill that a BJJ athlete can have?
No, it’s not any sort of a submission technique chain nor a guard pass… It isn’t even being courageous nor being ready for challenges.
In fact, John Danaher believes that the most valuable skill that an athlete can have is persistence.
Here is why – because being persistent is not as “simple” as it sounds:
The one indispensable virtue [among athletes] is persistence. The ability just to stay in the game long enough to get the result.
Most people see it as a kind of simplistic doggedness where you just show up every day. That’s not it.
The most important form of persistence is persistence of thinking; which looks to push you in increasingly efficient, more and more efficient ways of training.
Famously, people talk about the idea that the hardest work of all is – hard thinking. And they’re absolutely right.
Rayron Gracie is one of the most elite BJJ athletes today…
And now he has 20+ minutes (!) worth of advice and insights on what constitutes success in BJJ.
Take a listen to them on the video below, in a conversation with Bernardo Faria: