Caio Terra is one of the best roosterweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes in history. He is a 12x world champion who earned his black belt in just three years of training.
But how did he accomplish this? The answer is simple: deliberate practice. He put thought and effort into his training, instead of just going through the motions.
Take it from Caio himself:
What I started doing was that I started studying Jiu-Jitsu, instead of just drilling it. For, I can’t drill something if I don’t know if it is fully right… If I don’t have the body mechanics down yet.
So, what I started doing was that I started studying the techniques that my instructor was trying to teach. I was having my partners do different movements, and to induce different reactions from them. And from those reactions I would start trying to study and to understand why I should do those techniques.
He wasn’t taking things for granted. He experimented and improved faster as a result:
I would look at the other instructors, at what they would teach, and then I would try to mix things around. I was trying to mix things up and to make the best out of each technique. And I think that my technique aspect evolved a lot faster because of this.
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Read the rest of our interview with Caio Terra on the following link.