Like many BJJ competitors, I put in a lot of hours live training, which is good as long as its focused, with good technique, and an open mind. But drilling is where it’s at. You have to get it in. It’s the broccoli of a jiu jitsu diet.
I enjoy practicing the same thing over and over and over. I don’t mind doing thousands of reps of something, day after day, month after month. For me, the idea of a good jiu jitsu class is where I don’t say a single word and just get 40-50 reps of a technique or chain of techniques in. I guess I’m introverted in that way, but for me conversation breaks the focus of practice.
Many people far better than I approach jiu jitsu slightly differently. They will occasionally have a conversation about a technique, breaking it down, discussing why it works or why it doesn’t. That’s very useful, but too often it can slow the pace of drilling it. For me, at this stage of my development, the way I “discuss” a technique is by drilling it over and over, and attempting it in training over and over. The jiu jitsu itself is the conversation, as lame as that sounds.
Anyway, given all that, here’s where the topic of this post comes in. I find that I can get more reps in (and less conversation) drilling techniques with a white belt. I’m not sure why that is, perhaps they haven’t seen the technique before so there’s a greater focus on trying to get it right…