Lachlan Giles is one of those BJJ athletes that you just can’t help but to appreciate and respect. Not just for all of his successes on the competition scene, but also because of his general demeanor and the contributions he’s made throughout his coaching career. Needless to say, Lachlan is a person that a lot of up-and-coming grapplers should look up to.
In an interview for BJJ Eastern Europe, Lachlan shared a lot of interesting advice; one being the importance of having a goal and drilling for those who wish to improve faster.
Here’s what he had to say:
The people who improve the fastest seem to be those who have a goal in mind when they come to training, whether it’s a position that they are working on or a particular technique. The people who improve the slowest are those who just show up with no clear goal in mind.
I will add an extra point here, which is a hot topic: my experience has been that the people who take the time to drill seem to improve a lot faster. Although, I do feel like it’s less important to do that when the practitioner reaches an advanced level.
He was also frank about his own path in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… Humorously sharing that he wishes that he had learned to Berimbolo back in 2007:
I wish I knew the Berimbolo in 2007, so I could compete at Worlds doing a move no one had an idea of how to counter.
Check out more amusing and insightful answers from Lachlan Giles in our full interview with him.