“You cannot get better at BJJ unless you are first willing to be terrible at it.” -Valerie Worthington
We didn’t have the advanced class at Lincoln BJJ Center on Monday, because it was Labor Day, but we did have open mat instead. Do you want to know what happened to me that day? My guard was passed, I was swept, reversed, mounted, knee on bellied, and my back was taken…all multiple times. I got armbarred, keylocked, choked, and I even tapped to The Professor passing my guard, just because of the pain.
I don’t remember being successful at a single thing, I was dominated the entire time, and two of the people I rolled with were white belts. Yet, I never lost, not even once! I could’ve just stayed home and completely avoided being submitted, but in BJJ, no pain means no gain.
As long as I’m training, I’m winning. It doesn’t matter if I get tapped out or I tap people out, I’m still doing Jiu-Jitsu and learning either way.
“Sometimes, you don’t have to win. You cannot win. But that has nothing to do with losing.” -Rickson Gracie