Brazilian Jiujitsu is a tough undertaking. Even when rolling/sparring with newbies, it can be exhausting and challenging. Obviously, the better you get, and the more tools you have at your disposal, the easier it gets. But it’s never easy so to speak, and I can only say this because I’ve seen how the higher belts look while rolling with each other.
That being said, when us lower belts roll with the higher belts, even though we all know they are taking it easier on us, its even more challenging. The image above illustrates how I’ve felt sometimes while rolling with the big dogs.
I mentioned in a prior post how I squealed in pain while rolling with a brown belt after getting a two stripe promotion to my white belt. Recently, I got choked out so bad and frequently that I had a sore throat for a few days. Oh, and I grunted in pain once again while rolling with a 4 stripe purple belt.
I think that some of these guys really like to make an impression on you, so when you go in with them, they lay down the law. Speaking for myself, once I see that I am getting my ass mercilessly handed to me, I turn it up myself in hopes of surviving a little bit longer or maybe getting out of bad positions. I’ve gotten lucky before, so you have to fight back and try!
Though this seems to only inspire them to get even more creative and give you an even more definitive beat down. LOL. Basically, you are in a lose lose situation. So, make the best of it, try to absorb as much knowledge as you can while they beat your ass. Hopefully, at the end of the 4, 5, 6 or 8 minute rounds, you’ll come out of it a bit more prepared for the next time! Osu!
Growing Up Bronx
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