Did you know that Kit Dale earned his BJJ black belt in less than 5 years of training?
Yup, that’s true… And can you guess what he credits as one of the main reasons behind such success?
It’s something that not many athletes would dare to do:
I think that one of the best things I did in Jiu-Jitsu was not listening to coaches. (Laughs)
But how did this help his progress?
The answer is quite simple, actually. It’s got to do with the problem-solving approach that Dale enjoys so much:
I always wanted to work the problems out myself. I found a lot of pleasure in solving the puzzles that BJJ offers. And it almost felt as if it was cheating to get told what to do.
I also realized that learning should be an organic and personal journey.
Most people look at learning as a mechanical thing, where they get told what to do, then repeat that and then they think that they’re proficient.
Well, it doesn’t work that way. The best teacher is always – experience. And the best method is trial and error.
So, Dale decided to focus on specific training. And that, ultimately, gave way to such fast progress:
Instead of learning techniques and drilling them until they became muscle memory – which would make me rigid and predictable, and my Jiu-Jitsu journey boring – I used specific training to advance.
Meaning, I was training in specific areas while having key goals in sight. And I allowed myself to learn through trial and error.
You know, BJJ is a lot more simple than people tend to think it is. Essentially, It’s basic body mechanics.
You don’t need to be told what to do, you can figure it out. And that’s what I became good at.
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Read our entire interview with Kit Dale on the following link.