#66 BJJ Imposter Syndrome: I don’t deserve my Belt.
Just been graded but didn’t think you were ready? Feeling like you can’t live up to your belt?
Imposter syndrome affects us all in different areas of our life and self doubt is hard to shake.
JT & Joey unpack why you may not be the best judge of your own Jiu-jitsu game. It’s important to consider some key factors in any developmental process:
Trusting your coach
Arrogance Vs Confidence
Where were you 1 year ago?
Get feed back on your Game
The various levels to each belt
Don’t let the challenge of sucking and not succeeding make you quit. Not feeling worthy is fuel for the fire to work on parts of your game that might be lacking. Don’t let the uncertainty hold you back for doing what you need to do, to grow and improve.
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Better . Listen, very carefully.
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A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready,
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Essentially at this point, the fight is over.
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So you pretty much flow with the goal
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Who is worthy to be trusted with the secret to limit this power.
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another Bulletproof for BJJ podcast. Hi guys. I’m J T Hey guys. I’m Joey. Today. We are discussing imposter syndrome. I don’t deserve my belt. Huh ? This is a , this is a bit of a thing. I didn’t actually fully appreciate it until it was brought to my attention. This came through on the Instagram. Yeah. You know , someone being like , uh , someone who we know recently got graded and was like, Hey, talk to me about, tell me about that. Yeah. I don’t feel like I , you know, it wasn’t right for me. I don’t feel like I’m good at this level. You know? And this is difficult. And a lot of people experience this in other realms of life, whether it’s their job or in , in other spheres where maybe they getting promoted and they feel like it doesn’t necessarily serve them, or it’s not a true reflection of where they’re at. Mm . And because there’s a lot of expectation around belts, isn’t there, you know, like, oh, when that person’s a blue belt, they should X. Yeah. Well that, guy’s not really a purple belt. Look, you can’t even, Y you know , yeah . People will put their sort of views on it and you’ll be like, oh , oh . Well that doesn’t align with what I thought or where I think I’m at. And yeah , but that can you up. Yeah. Psychologically. And the thing that I’ve observed over time, I’ve always graded under people who made you stay on your belt for ages. So I didn’t really have that problem. I never really had the expectation, like grade me now, but I spent reasonable time at each belt. Yeah . And worked hard there. But then for some other people who may not be necessarily as confident, they’re worried about their rank, because I guess that the feeling is you get graded and you’re like, oh no. And we’ve talked about this before, Joe , you get a belt and now everyone who’s lower rank than you is trying to smoke you. Yeah. Right. That’s real. Of course. Yeah . Even though the two weeks before you were all the same belt and yeah. They didn’t give a about you. They’re . Yeah . But now you’ve , you’ve , you’ve gone onto the other side of the fence. I’m coming for you. Public enemy, number one, there’s a target on you. Yeah . And the scrutiny there is a degree of scrutiny. Absolutely. Yeah. It’s really interesting. Obviously, having got my black belt just in November, which, you know, whatever that was like five months ago, way too soon, way too soon, you know, I was like, you can give me brown for another few years. <laugh> you’re comfortable here , but you know, but there there’s a case, right. There’s a case for the journey I’d been on. Right. Let’s look at this objectively, the journey I’d been on at brown belt, I would argue when I got my black belt, it wasn’t my peak of brown belt. I wasn’t at my best of jujitsu . And many things contributed to that. COVID was one of them, but also like my knee injury. Sure. Right. And so the knee injury was like, I don’t know , a year and a half prior to that, if you were looking at it on a spreadsheet, you’d be like, no, that guy’s not ready cuz you’re doing better here. And now we need to get back up to that peak or whatever. Right. Yeah . So for me, when I got that belt, I, I definitely felt some of this imposter syndrome piece. Right. And I think it’s, it’s natural just to feel that anyway. But one of the things for me was my expectation of what I thought I would feel like, and I got a black belt. Right. And so what I mean by that is for my whole jujitsu career, I’ve looked at black belts and thought, wow, you are like an expert of this art, the gods. And you must just feel so confident in your ability. And every part of your game is perfect as perfect as it can be. Sure. Right. And then you get to black belt and you’re like, man, I got so many holes in my game. Yeah. That blue belt passed my God . Like, oh man. And you , you realize like, man, there’s so much that I’m doing wrong. Right. Yeah . And then you start to get analytical about that. And then, you know, and it’s very easy to then jump to, well, how did I, how am I a black belt? Like , surely I’m not representing of this yet. Yeah . And you know, on pondering that more you realize, wow, how fascinating it is that now that I’m here, the feeling is very different to what I thought it would be. Yeah. You thought it would be like a confidence instiller or consolidator, but now it’s actually open up questions and doubts and fears. Absolutely. Yeah. And I would think that like say coming from this fellow who wrote question on Instagram, I would think it’d be exactly the same thing. Like I remember going to coms at white belt and I look at the blue belts and you’re like, oh man, they look like savages. So good. Look at that guy warming week . He looks so mean he looks professional. Yeah. And then you get a blue belt and then you are looking at the purple belts. You’re like, man, that, that purple belt looks scary. Look at that guy. Yeah . You know, and it’s, you’re just always looking at the next thing. When you’re a white belt, you don’t even look at the brown belts. It’s so out of your scope, you have these expectations of how you think you are gonna be when you get there. And it’s, it doesn’t play into the belts prior to black belt as much. Sure . Because black, belt’s the one where it’s like, I should be an expert now. Sure . Or the other ones are like stepping points to that. True. In a sense. But I would counter that slightly because I believe our good friend was actually talking from a perspective being like a blue belt and maybe somebody given you a blue when you’re like, oh , I’m not, I’m not there yet. That is partly trusting your coach. That’s partly your coach understanding you and the journey you’re on because not everybody is a competitor. Not everybody is going to worlds, going to pan Americans , trying to be the best X , like blue belt purple in the world to then get their grade . So sometimes it will partly be a personal development because that’s part of it. Someone comes to the gym, they’re a complete jerk. And then over time they become nicer. They roll with better control. So yeah, they’re learning techniques like everyone else, but there is a degree of personal development depending on the coach. Yeah. You know, like the coach may care or they not some gyms, you know, they’re kind of pushing people through on grades cuz maybe it’s a bit Mac dojo. We did talk about that previously. I , we spoke about that. Oh did we? I think this is where we’re coming back to. Sometimes you are not the best judge. You know, like we have too much emotion and too much subjectivity. Like we E load so much of our self perception and all this negative self-talk and self-criticism a whole lot of nonsense when really you’ve just gotta look for evidence. I recently was listening to an audio book and it’s all about how you can cultivate confidence. And it’s written by the head trainer at uh , west point military college, forgive me, I forgotten his name, but he was saying that in uh , military conflict, it’s not about being arrogant. It’s not about like, I’m really good. Or I’ve won this before. You’ve gotta look at the situation and go, are we improving? How can we measure that? Look for evidence to support, we can advance or we can’t advance. And this is why and be objective about it. Sometimes that can’t be you. So you can’t, you almost can’t trash yourself in that situation. You actually either need to talk to your , your coach or talk to your training partner or talk to somebody who knows you within jujitsu. And you can be like, man, I maybe I , I shouldn’t be here. And I did feel that way a little bit at purple belt . And I had someone say to me, man, look how much you’ve improved? Like, you know, where were you this time? Last year? He’s like, you’re way better. This time I just lost a championship. I lost in the final. I was pretty gutted. I don’t deserve no , I’m not good enough to be here. He’s like, bro, you’re second. You beat all these other guys. Like, and I was like, yeah, but I just don’t feel like I , this is he’s like, yeah. But think about where you were. Let’s look at where you were a year ago as a blue belt doing what , whatever at blue belt . Now you’re a purple belt. It’s a different jump. So you gotta acknowledge. Yeah. There’s a new level. And maybe whatever your self expectation is very high, but the evidence is you are better. You’re doing better jujitsu. Maybe you’re trying a guard like spider guard . You’re trying something which is trickier to do. So maybe you’re being less successful now. But in the context of the whole journey, the evidence is you’re moving forward. And the belt you’ve been given is an acknowledgement from your coach. It doesn’t really matter how you feel about it. I mean, it matters in so far that it’s great. If you feel good about it, but you shouldn’t feel bad about it. No, no. That’s exactly right. I think that it , yeah, like what you said, it’s, it’s extremely hard for us to pull ourselves out of the trench that we are in and be able to look at the whole landscape from a bird’s eye perspective and go, okay, like, yeah. Oh yeah. I was here and then, and then I got to here and then kind of now I’m here and, and understanding that along that journey, your perspectives change and, and there’s emotional imports and , and influencers that will shape your thinking like that classic thing of you get to black belt and you realize, or you , you know, or you get to brown belt or you get to purple belt, but you realize how much you don’t know we’ve spoken about this before. I think for me, I know blue belt was my peak of jujitsu, arrogance <laugh> I knew everything and I smashed everyone. Yeah. You were the best. Yeah . You know, and, and I didn’t smash everyone. It’s just that I put it on absolutely. Every person with, with sheer athleticism and youth. Yeah . And the people that smashed me, I just forgot about those roles. It just blocked it out. Yeah. Like some black belt kicked my. I’m like a late whatever didn’t happen. He got like , yeah. And you’re so oblivious to the whole GA , you’ve got the beginnings of your game you’ve developed and it’s quite Savage at that point. So, you know, like, yeah, you kind of hit this sort of golden period. It’s just interesting. What happens to your perspective as you travel along the line and to your point, it takes somebody outside of you to go, Hey man, I think this is where you’re at. Correct. And you have to be able to trust that. Hopefully yes. Unless you’re on a McDo jar <laugh> yeah . And then , and then maybe when you hit that point, say you don’t have that relationship with your coach or you have a new coach, your coach left, whatever, and you don’t have that relationship there. Maybe it is time to change gyms because maybe that person isn’t interested in your development or anything like that. And that , and that’s pretty important. You do need to trust that advice. Also, maybe if you’re at a huge gym and you don’t get much time with the instructor, which is fine, like that’s what it’s like. If you train at a very popular gym, you do need to look to form a relationship with a higher belt. Someone who they’re not your mentor, but you know, they’re , they care enough that they’ll give you 2 cents . So when you say, Hey, is this, is this technique, okay . Or am I doing this wrong or whatever that they actually give you feedback and say, Hey man, I , I saw you rolling. You did really well there cuz the classic thing, and this is what we all do as humans. It’s very easy for us to remember our negative experiences. It is a much smaller. It is the Kanye west of our world who can only remember their successes. They don’t remember any tragic failure. They don’t remember that. They tried to start a KFC chain that completely failed. You know, Tony tried to start a KFC chain. Yeah. <laugh> like, yeah. Tried to start a women’s fashion chain. Wow . This is all before his other deals, you know? But he , he , he’s never gonna talk about that cuz he’s now the $10 billion man. Yeah. Right. And he’ll tell you that. And so that’s fine. Like I , I think that for the best part, most of us need to be a bit more confident and a little bit more , have a bit more self-belief. But for the best part, jujitsu does way more to undermine your confidence than build it. And I I’ve actually said this to a few people. People are like, oh , I don’t wanna go to the gym. Oh , do I toss up? Do I go to the gym or do I go jujitsu ? I always feel better after jujitsu. I’m like, no , it’s not true. You haven’t trained enough. If you go to the gym, it’s under your control. If you go and lift weight, it’s under your control. If you’re tired, you might not lift as much. Or if you feel good, you might lift a bit more. You know , obviously some people out there may have injured themselves was at the gym, but I have never really had that experience lifting weights. I haven’t injured myself. Only at jujitsu really have I kind of been seriously injured. So then I look at that and I go, some nights at jujitsu will make you wanna quit. Like nothing works. You get swept by someone like lower rank than you. Someone who you always kick their. They, you, you know, buddy , nothing’s working and then, you know, your coach might actually look at you struggling and laugh. And you’re like, oh they hate me. No , you know my world’s falling down. You walk outta the gym. I don’t wanna go back. We have , we all have had moments where like, this. I want like, I just wanna quit. It’s too hard. Yeah. It’s too much. I don’t need this. I don’t need this in my life. It’s negativity. We keep showing up. We keep finding a way when someone actually does acknowledge you and says, Hey, I think you’ve done something good here. Even if you don’t believe it in yourself, you’ve gotta have a look at where you started to where you are now. And then look at that more broadly. Let , don’t get too caught up in yourself. Look at the people around you and see that there is so much variation at each belt and that’s okay. That doesn’t mean, oh , they’re terrible purple belt. Or they’re really good black belt. Or like there is so many different levels within each level that that is just reflective of diversity in human experience. So if you are feeling you’re at the bottom of the food chain, maybe you are that’s okay. Like, you know what I mean? Like the adversity I , I recently , uh , interviewed Thomas Liz Bower , good friend of mine, black belt , uh , who runs Alliance Vancouver. And he’s a lightweight guy. He’s a light feather . So he fights 55 kilos or lighter. Oh wow. Yeah. Rooster. I think a , a sub 50. Yep . He was the littlest guy other than Bruno Malini at his gym in Sao . He was the smallest guy. And I saw him go to war with big guys and they brutalized him and I’m like, dude, you got smashed. I witnessed you get smashed, but you still showed hot . Like you didn’t back down, you took the smashing and you just sat back up. Like, let’s go, let’s go. Every time you just had this intense will not in an aggressive way, just like an unyielding will. And I said, man, like, how can you deal with that? Because he had knee surgery when I trained with him. And I was like, how do you do ? He’s like the hardness and the adversity is, what’s good about jujitsu. It’s good for us. It’s good for us to struggle. Not many people say that <laugh> , it’s not a often you talk to someone and go, yeah, I suffered. That was good for me. Yeah. That was just kind of his take on it. And he’s like, that’s the , that’s the beauty and the journey. And that’s why jujitsu is great because it’s hard. And there’s not many things that we can pursue in life that are so hard, especially for a <laugh> light featherweight in a gym full of heavy weight . It’s getting beat down every day . Yeah. It’s a great call. I think that like the physical difficulty of jujitsu is often spoken about like, you know, you’re getting squashed and you’re in bad positions and there’s always a way out and all that sort of thing. But perhaps the more emotional side of it, which is you leave training and feel like your . You, you want to quit or you get about, you feel like I’m not worthy of this. Those things are also hard. There’s that whole emotional side to it, which is also the beauty. Isn’t it? That’s also what you need more of this imposter syndrome thing. It is an extremely powerful motivator for you to go and fix up flaws in your gut . Definitely. I never watch instructional. Like I just, I just don’t have time for them. That’s cool. But once I got my black belt, all of a sudden I started to watch a couple of instructional. Oh look , yeah . I know version . I was like, you know what ? I do need a solution for that thing. Let’s see what YouTube’s got to say. Yeah. Started to take some notes on things and speak to this Joseph, what ? Yeah. Well, I mean, I was just like, man, I gotta , I gotta be proactive. Or, you know, and I , and I guess I say this for someone listening, like to, to speak in your , in their words, it’s like, if I believe that whatever colored belt should have these qualities or then they’re the qualities that I need to go on master, like they’re the qualities I need. What kind of person are you? Yeah . Are you the kind of person who does the extra exactly work ? Yeah . And you are. Yeah, yeah. That’s exactly right. So I was like, okay, I gotta fix this up. All right , cool. Let’s look for a solution for that. Oh , that thing happened in training. Why is that thing still happening? I need a solution for that. Sometimes it’s, you know, ask Adam yep . Ask you. Or it’s like jump on YouTube, whatever, but you proactively go and get the solution. Definitely. And that’s a real shift in energy. Yes. You know, and I think then you start to have success with that thing. And then you’re like, okay. Oh wow. My , my perspective has shifted now. Yeah . So actually Ollie from purple belt from Alliance, I think it was the first week when I came in after getting my black belt, he said, how’s it feeling , man? He said, have you , uh , got the imposter syndrome yet? <laugh> and I was like, dude, I totally do. He’s like, yeah, of course. Like everyone’s gonna, you know. Yeah . It was just really, it was really funny now I think about it . I’m like, no, I don’t have it. Right. You know, now I , and , and , and that’s just interesting that there is a , a period of time where I think it’s almost, maybe it’s not essential, but it’s kind of somewhat necessary depending on you and your journey. Uh , it doesn’t last forever. Yeah. And I , I think you can beat imposter syndrome. Like I think this is a thing that so much of what is around us in the day to day society. I’m not trying to say anything too super deep here about the media or get too meta . Oh no, go there. <laugh>. Well, the , the mainstream media is designed to control your mind. <laugh> everyone’s get Alex Jones in this piece. Um , no, I literally so much of what is pushed out in the world is to create fear and doubt because it is so much easier to sell things to people who are feeling bit indecisive and insecure. If you’re really secure, if you’re really level, if you are really mindful, calm, not materialistic, healthy, you don’t need anything. <laugh> you don’t B binge by anything. You’re not watching Netflix. You don’t have subscriptions. You bloody meditate. I read a book like it doesn’t make money, right. And this is I’m being a hundred percent honesty . If we are all super healthy, super fit . Even if we all, you know, did our mobility, we don’t need to go see the physio. You know, like there’s so many things that if we become more self reliant, we spend less on external things and we focus more on internal things. Mm-hmm <affirmative> and then we , we’re not motivated by external things. Now this might not, this might go against the BJ J belt system, but it just means that you’re calmer, you know, and , and my whole goal, and this Joe might laugh at this, but my goal is actually to be calmer as much to stop Joe from wanting to punch my face in every single day. But it’s because I find in myself, I, I feel it’s not anxious, but I feel urgent. There’s an urgency in me. And I dunno where it comes from. It’s this it’s not even insecurity. I just, it’s not even the caffeine. There’s just something in me, which is unnecessary. It just , it doesn’t actually help me that much. Even though it drives me, it doesn’t help me because I’m always trying to move to the next thing. And the best thing is right now. So if we circle this back around to humans every day , we’re taught to be insufficient. We’re taught , oh , you’re not beautiful. Oh , you’re ugly. Oh , you’re too fat. Oh , you’re too thin. You’re too. Blah, blah, blah, blah , blah. Be different. Here’s how you change yourself by this product in truth. You’re good enough. Trust yourself. And then if you don’t trust yourself, you learn this over time. Make sure that you’ve got someone who can help you. You to give you proper feedback, which is not emotional, which isn’t loaded with the angst, which isn’t loaded with the anxiety. And you’ve just gotta be less self critical. Like this isn’t about ego. This isn’t about, oh , I’m the best. You know, when you’ve got like, I don’t know , like a scrunched up bit of rapper or paper and you go to like you like, ah , I’m Michael Jordan. And you go <laugh> I don’t know if you do this, do this. I’m like, I’m a , so basketball, tragic from the nineties. I’m like, I’m gonna nail this from all the way back here. And you miss you’re like. Why ? What made you think I’m loser? Oh , I suck. Yeah . Like why, why did you even, why did you do that? It’s a game it’s meant to be fun. And then why are you, so why are you beaten down on yourself for that? We do this all, all the time. You know, like you’re standing there. JT is extremely hard on himself. I can speak to that. <laugh> when we shoot some content, I’ll give you guys, I’ll give you guys a cool example. Here. We shoot some content like JT, we’re gonna shoot some videos. Like, cool, let’s go. And it’s like, Hey, here’s what we need to talk about. And let’s say we’re shooting something for the program on our members area, or it’s something for YouTube and , uh , JT, like, great. What are we turn ? I’ll be like, man, I want you to , um , tell us about hip mobility. We’re gonna do three exercises. Uh , give us an intro and JT will go. Yeah . Right. Okay. Camera’s rolling. And then we’ll finish the first take of the intro. And JT will be like, how was that? And I’ll be like, it was okay. But we could do better. And he’d be like, yeah, I know. And then we’ll go , okay, we’ll go again. And then I look at JT and he’s like. <laugh> . I’m like, bro, relax is your first day . Like, go is yourself . And you’re like, no , man, it’s just , I could do better. I know you gets all Nate DS <laugh> and you are like, you’re like, bro, stop being down yourself. Look , I think the thing is this. I have been shooting health and fitness videos for 20 years. So it’s like, I expect by now that I’m a bit of a one take wonder , like, if I know what I’m saying, I can nail it, but it is true. It is true. I do have an internal dialogue, which is hypercritical, but that’s why I’m saying this. It’s not even that I’m, I’m giving this advice from a place of, oh , I’m so calm and I’m, I don’t criticize myself. I have the tiger mom in my head, which is, that’s not good enough do better. But then the flip side of that is I also have very confident voices . Like, no , that was great. Good on you. It’s hard to juggle that. Yeah. And so be able to run with both when we’ve come back to jujitsu and we are like, okay, you’ve got a belt and you’re feeling insecure and you feel like an imposter, like you’re a blue belt and the white belts are kicking you. You’ve got those four strike , white belts, kicking your, understand that they want to be, you. It’s a compliment when someone rolls you hard that’s cuz they respect your jujitsu . If someone’s just kind of playing with you, that’s not good . It’s and I always say it to my students. Like if I’m giving you a hard role, it’s because you are good enough. I’m not just, I’m not being a bully here. I’m I’m rolling you harder because you have the skills to deal with it. And so I’m respecting you and the respect goes up every time you get better, I dial the respect up little bit more, little bit more. Yeah . And, and like when it’s black belt, it’s just, it’s full respect. Let’s kill each other. Yeah . <laugh> you know, but I believe that you can grow into your belt. I think once you’ve got it, there’s no option. It’s you either shrink or you swell, like you , you either get better or you quit and you have to, I mean, if you look at that, it’s like say you’re crossing a threshold from blue belt to purple belt. Yep . Okay. You’ve done all this time of blue belt. Yep . Great. You’ve got really good. You’re that Savage blue. And then you , you get graded to purple belt there. Of course has to be a period where you suck as a purple belt. Not the best, anybody , because you’ve just jumped over to that side. Like you should experience some self doubt . The idea that you would come into that new belt and be like, I’m a proficient purple belt. Like, no , you were just a blue belt yesterday. Yeah. So there has , you know, like we are on these belts for years. Sure. I think when you , when you look at it that way, it’s like, oh yeah, of course I’m gonna feel unprepared. And, and whatever. Like my confidence will be a bit shaken and all those things. That’s part of you stepping into bigger boots. And then of course starting that process of growing into the new belt. Definitely. And there will be more expected of you, but that’s what goes with the territory. Yeah. That’s why high belts do get more respect. You can’t just act the same. You can’t just be like, oh, just do exactly what I did at blue belt . Nope . That’s not gonna cut it. Same thing. You go to brown belt. Oh, now we’ve got some leg locks in there. It’s a different game. And then I guess even though this may only be the smallest percentage of people out there, but if, if you get that black belt and then you meet other black belts and you’ve just got your black belt , you’re in your first year, you meet some one , who’s been a black belt for 20 years. It’s totally, it’s just so different to not expect to be on a level playing field. No. The context that , the amount of jujitsu they’ve seen, the people they’ve trained with you are no one, the amount of times they’ve addressed emotional discomfort. Like maybe you are experiencing. Yeah . Like they’ve been in through that fire multiple times. They’re seasoned. There was a movie many years ago called the thin red line. It’s a war movie. Mm . And there’s a shot in Australia. Queensland. Ah , Joe , Sean Penn . Yeah. Joe was on that set. Yeah . <laugh> no, but a lot of my coworkers at the time did work on. Oh , right. Yeah . And there’s this very grizzled Admiral and the I’s always like, oh hi sir. Good day . Good day, sir. And he’s like, is it? <laugh> like he’s so he’s the meanest saltiest belt . He’s five degree black belt. Oh , he’s the five degree black belt. And he goes into the final conflict when they push over the region . I believe there’s a degree of historical truth to the, the thing that occurs. He’s just got a pistol. He doesn’t have a rifle and he’s walking around. Just go , go like no armor, just walking. They’re all like helmets and flat jacket . He’s like, no , I am walking into the fire. I know exactly what I’m getting into. He’s so resolute and he’s so prepared to die. He actually stays alive way longer than everyone else . It’s kind of frightening. And I’m not saying that you have to become the grisled old general, but when you see so much and you do have that time of overcoming your own hurdles, seeing other people overcome theirs and you , you realize it’s gonna be okay, you will be good enough in time, but you gotta stay in the game just because you meet that first hurdle of serious self doubt . That’s not the time to quit. That’s no one gets better doing that. And so really once you accept that and you go, okay, I’m not as good as I thought I would be. That’s when the improvement starts. And then that’s where we’re really, I think true benefit in jujitsu is that humility and your ability to get better from there. Yeah . That’s where the growth happens. Cool. Can I shout out a couple humans, please? We’ve received a couple of really cool contacts from folks lately and we get these all the time, but I thought I’d just share ’em on the show. Uh , had a really cool Instagram message from a fellow named Mattie whale . He said, Hey guys, really enjoy the podcast. As a newer Jitsu athlete, he’s been trained for less than two to have a relatable podcast. That’s all Aussie is cool. I’m gonna sign up to your program at some stage and give it a crack. It’s just a matter of when three days a week of training jujitsu and working full time . Plus I got three kids is a real juggle. Oh yeah . I , I feel your pain. Absolutely. So Matt , thank you, bro. Appreciate it. Nice to hear from you. And then the other one was a really cool fellow named Daniel. Really enjoyed your podcast episode a couple of weeks ago, about how focusing on top game is better than guard in terms of long term impact and injuries. Yes. Great episode. If you haven’t caught that one, yet it touched a put on a harsh string for a lot of people. I will definitely take this into account and try to focus on top games slash not spend too much time inflection getting cross faced , et cetera . <laugh> uh , but he’s got a question here. Just wondering if you have any more advice on becoming proficient on the bottom while also minimizing chances of injury, which types of guard to steer clear of and which reckon are the least risky? Love the podcast. Keep up the great work. Cheers from London, Daniel. Oh, wow. Shout out London town . Yeah. I mean, just in short, I , I personally found that when I was coming back from knee surgery , it can a lot of the open guards that I like to play. So ex guards , single leg X and lasso didn’t feel safe at all for me. So I switched back to closed guard and to like half guard . Yeah . She and I could keep my affected leg on the bottom when I was playing half guard . So I could use my more capable leg as the knee shield . Yeah . And that really worked well for me. Well, I was gonna say the two guards that I would avoid. And so this is, it seems you’ve gotta level this out so that you don’t get physically smashed on the bottom. You need good guard retention. Generally that’s related to playing quite open guards. Lasso talks the hell out of your knee. Like Las definitely avoid lasso. Also spider guard , even though in the moment when you have both your , both your feet and the biceps, you got your grips, you’re kind of good for a minute. As soon as people stay leg dragging and kicking and moving the chance of you having your foot twisted, almost like the effect of a heel hook is actually quite high. Yeah. It’s wily . It is. It’s a little bit sketchy. What I was gonna say is like speaking to that half guard thing with you, Joe call sleeve is actually like, even though it’s considered an open guard , you can organize your feet almost like a half or a close guard and still have very good control over the upper body. Right? So if you’ve got a suspect leg, you can kind of let it hang out and you can play call of sleeve . So if you guys dunno what call of sleeve guard is holo , Baha B a double R a L famous from GB multiple time or champion. He’s awesome at , at anyone else is putting good information out there. That is a variation on open guard that will keep your knees safe and it’s easy to keep your guard. So the other thing is this, there are many people doing inversions. That’s cool. And that’s really good for guard retention and taking the back. But there’s all these other positions and a lot of other hard that you have to do, which won’t put you under so much flexion. So it’s not to say never invert, but if you work on your guard and your positioning without inverting, that’s gonna save your hassles with your back and your neck. Yeah. Great point. Great advice there guys. Thanks for listening. If you want some help with your training and we’re talking, building strength and flexibility specifically for BJJ in the most efficient amount of time possible, we have a program, we got hundreds of people just like you, that are in there getting strong and flexible. 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