Don’t roll to “last”

A challenge: don’t roll to last.

Give yourself permission to push it, to “fail” early, out of breath. Attempt to push the pace past your comfort level, repeatedly, instead of resting to make sure you don’t. Embrace and look forward to the feeling of desperation in your breathing, and the challenge of controlling it.

Don’t take breaks or slow the pace to avoid getting tired. Do the opposite, just move, get tired and put this priority above “winning” in your training.

You’ll find a much greater workout, more experienced gained, a faster technical mind with the muscle memory that follows, and a test of your grit that keeps you flying high well after the final buzzer buzzes.

Caveat: don’t make a mess on the mats. And know your body. This is a goal state, a challenge to build up to.

Best when paired with: showing up is NOT half the battle: mathematics of bjj skill acquisition

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Published by: neutralgroundbjj

Jon Friedland here, finally putting some of my thoughts to type. I've been training the better part of 20 years, receiving my black belt in 2007. I’m a 10-year dojo owner and head instructor of Brazilian Jiujitsu. Started training Jiujitsu casually in early 1995, formally in 1997. Teaching BJJ since 2000, i received my black belt in 2007, opened my academy, Neutral Ground, in 2005, am the head instructor, and am currently a 2nd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t roll to “last””

  1. Agree on the points of not taking rounds off or stalling. Continuing to use proper technique when tired is what induces the progress. Pushing the pace and tiring out isn’t productive if your technique reverts back to Day 1 aggressiveness and desperately muscling every move.

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