No matter how much you love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, if you want to succeed in it as a competitor… It’s not going to be an easy path. Far from it.
Caio Terra knows that well. As a 12-time world champion, Terra has gone through a lot of trial and error – and he has had quite a bit of advice to share in an interview with BJJ Eastern Europe:
Over the years, what I’ve figured out was that the one and only talent you absolutely must possess – the quality that you must have in order to succeed in life or Jiu-Jitsu – is the inclination and willingness for hard work.
Jiu-Jitsu is not an easy lifestyle, it is a difficult lifestyle. You must train when you’re sick and when you’re injured, you have to keep on studying the game…
You must keep on training not just when tired, but when you’re completely fatigued as well.
It’s important that you don’t just go through the motions, however, but that you’re actively thinking about what you’re doing on the mats:
Drill, but not just to drill. Instead, do it with some kind of a resistance. After you do that, then you should try applying it in training.
If it does not work in training, you have got to go back to studying again and look for the reasons because of which it didn’t work. Then drill and train again.
Repeat this process, until the technique works.
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