What Exactly is a BJJ ‘Mat Savage’?

What Exactly is a BJJ ‘Mat Savage’?

If you follow Jiu-Jitsu on social media, you have probably heard the term ‘Mat Savage’… ‘Mat Savage’ was invented by the excellent BJJ black belt Michael Mihas AKA Mr Jiu-Jitsu. Here are some cool memes about mat savages, followed by an explanation:


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Mr Jiu-Jitsu made a list of what qualifies as a ‘Mat Savage’

People ask me what’s a #matsavage ,well here is a little list of what I believe makes you.

Works a full time job or a full time student and still finds time to train.
Trains even when having the worst day possible.
Respects their coaches,teammates and lineage.
Helps new people that start Jiu-Jitsu.
Trains with minor injuries.
Does not make excuses as to why they lost.
Supports teammates that compete regardless if they compete or not.
Gets their *sses kicked day in and day out and still show up.
Don’t gossip about other grapplers.
Single mom or dad that brings kids to gym with them when they can’t find sitter.
Cuts corners financially to make sure they have enough to pay for gym.
Never ask or complain when is the next promotion.
Trains on off days.
Backs up their talk on the mats.
Willing to roll with anyone, anywhere and anytime.
Defends Jiu-Jitsu no matter what.
And last and most important always agrees with whatever Mr Jiu-Jitsu posts !

He also added:

Everyone’s hash tagging #matsavage but some of you think that only extends to the mats.
A true #matsavage keeps their personal life in order to.
You can’t be “killing it” on the mats and go home and be a bum on the couch with no job.
You can’t be going “beast mode” and not focus on your homework and education.
You can’t be “loyal to the mats” and miss time spent with loved ones.
You can’t be getting in fights every week and giving your school and coaches a bad name.
A true teammate is there off the mats ready to help other teammates even when it has nothing to do with training.
A true savage focuses on their family ,loved ones ,school and job as much as they focus on their Jiu-Jitsu game.
Stay disciplined and learn to balance life on and off the mats. Trust me it can be done.

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