I like to fight people(in bjj)

Discovered this one year ago when I joined the BJJ Jungle Gym here in Prague.

It is an awesome place where you will be challenged every single minute of the training. In the end you will become better, that is a guarantee.

Like they use to say: you are not fighting others but you are fighting your weaker self. With each step you improve.

If you ever tried BJJ for trial you understand how strange and “impossible” it seems the first times. Everybody is better than you, more athletic, stronger and faster and overall a better fighter. You finish the class thinking “How am I ever going to submit one of these guys” they are like iron.

And you get a knee on belly from a 100 kg big dude and you feel your huts or ribs (depending how unlucky you are) that will break. I’m feeling good, not hurt, just wait and I’ll get a new “pain” somewhere.

Once upon a time.

I remember specifically when I started that my ribs and chest were hurting very very much, so much that I could now raise myself properly from bed. All the body got bruises including neck, arms, torso, lets…

It took me one year to be able to finish a 1.5 hours training and feel ok (no pain afterwards), also it took me one year to finish “warmup” without being totally drained of energy and vegetable for rolling.

The problem is not that you are bad or weak but everybody else is getting better constantly so you don’t fight the same weight category, technique level or body shape (even though you both have the same white belt around you).

In a way that’s why I love BJJ , is because you roll with different people you get to experience what would be like to fight with a random person on the street. It is more challenging because essentially every role is different.

Now lets get to how you can survive this, meaning how can you resist longer and make the best out of your training (instead of staying on the sides with a water bottle breathing heavily).

How it works:

  1. Come as often as possible to the gym to start the habit
  2. Take magnesium pills (the ones you put in water and they dissolve
  3. Drink water and eat more calories (every training is very exhausting)
  4. Rest as much as possible (sleep at night and don’t party)
  5. Don’t drink alcohol (this one is taking a big toll on performance
  6. Buy one or two space Gi’s or rushguards so it can motivate you
  7. Take it slow and understand it will take a long time until you improve

Those are a few of things people should understand. There is no shortcut in this “game” and that is one of the things that makes it so attractive.

It is the hardest thing you did in your life and it seems miles away but you respect everyone there since they had to go through the same thing. It doesn’t matter outside the gym you are a president of a company or a beggar, inside you are measured equally (just by work and sweat)

People who never been in a physical confrontation in their life don’t and cannot understand how unprepared for a real fight are. They seem more confident than they should be since a trained person (not just BJJ) can literally handle a normal person like a child.

I see it all the time in the gym a new guy who is obviously going to weight lifting or something like body building (a strong guy) being submitted by a much much smaller person who knows what he/she is doing.

The more you train the more you condition your body to external stress from chokes , pressure or locks. You become more resilient and as a result you’ll resist longer on the mat.

Another advice I would give is “don’t despair”, it is a journey so enjoy it.

It may take you 2-3 years to change the belt but it will mean to you much more than getting it just by pure attendance in a few months.

OSS and thank you for reading TheLongWalks





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