Felipe Costa is one of those BJJ competitors and coaches that almost everyone in the Jiu-Jitsu community has a good word to say about. And for good reason; his demeanor towards others is filled with gratitude – plus, the way he trains and coaches is second to none.
Felipe shared a part of the “philosophy” that guides him to behave in this sort of a manner. That will turn you into a more dedicated and better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete overall as well:
When I was starting Jiu-Jitsu, I heard someone say: „If you want to become good at BJJ, you have to be the first one to arrive, and to leave when the teacher shuts the lights out.“ I think this is true. Not that it has to be taken literally, but the idea is there.
He explained that it all has to do with the respect you feel towards your coach, training partners, and students:
Be punctual, show respect to your teacher’s and training partner’s time. Don’t stop before you are told to do so, don’t rest because you are a little bit tired – but don’t be stupid either, if you are injured or REALLY need to recover, then that is something else. Learn to become comfortable when in bad positions. Ask questions… I love answering questions my students have. But also learn to know when it is an appropriate time for them.
Roll, roll, roll. Gain mat time in the same way the pilots want to get flight hours.
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Feel free to read the rest of our interview with Felipe Costa here – and to learn so much more from his wisdom.