Potential Deturants For Older Grapplers
No matter how old we get, or much life lessons we have learned, there are still moments in life where we can get nervous and uneasy. When you start something new, or are progressing in a specific field, the unknown can take you back a bit. With this in mind, I discussed how—if at all—this effects older grapplers with Mark.
He discussed how most of these guys have probably seen an MMA fight or two in their day. During most fights, guys like Joe Rogan LOVE to discuss the background of each fighter, and when they heard him say “so-and-so in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt,” they begin to make a correlation between MMA and BJJ.
Sure, they go hand-in-hand, but they are polar opposites! Imagine signing up for a class, and the hours before hand all you can think about it Anderson Silva front kicking people in the face, thinking you’re next! It’s an easy mistake to make. In my other article about an interview with Michio Grubbs, a 40 plus black belt, he talks about how to mentally be prepared for BJJ.
Don’t Allow Your Ego To Interfere With Your Progress
When you begin to become a better grappler, you will have to continue to make steps towards specific goals if you want to continue your growth. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can cause you to become unsettled. Let’s say that you begin to step up the ladder and start rolling with better guys at the gym, there are some things you must do to get better.
- Embrace the physicality: You’ll get dinged up and you’ll be in tight spots with other people, just get used to this feeling.
- You won’t be the best on the mat: These guys will likely tap you with ease, just be aware it’s all part of developing as a grappler.
As Mark put it, “it’s tough for your ego.” You must be willing to check it at the door, and be ready to learn and to not be the best on the mat.
There are so many things that can keep people away, but if you have the proper mindset and approach, then who can say you can’t grapple?