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The non stop evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  

This is what I call WHITE BELT motivation

We have all heard about the evolution of BJJ, when you compare the techniques of the past to today, it's shocking to see how much it has grown from 20 years to now, but that is kind of normal on most sports, right? What is even more shocking for me is how some techniques are develop and get popular every 6 months or a year and how passionated are the comments about than. Most popular and recent examples are, of course, how people were obsessed with 5050 and had a love/hate relationship with it: "Should be banned from tournaments" were the comment that I disagreed the most...

Right after was the Berimbolo wave, that is still popular, but a bit less...looked out of this world (and still does), it was the evolution of the helicopter (technique from 90's), but soon enough everyone got an understanding of it and to counter many start the "double pull guard" and again the passionate comments "BAN FROM THE SPORT!!! There is no use on self defense" etc

Lapel Guard

More recently the Lapel or Worm guard is taking the roll of the bad guy and people are against it again. To say it's ONLY good to stall is a very single mind view of it. Just take a closer look to see how many option can open.

I'm just very glad those negative opinions were not heard, imagine if for everything new and difficult to count we would make not allowed? (wasn't that what JUDO did and still does sometimes?) Would our Martial Art/ Sport evolve? ( Yes, I did use "/sport " and I love that BJJ has ALSO become a sport)

I Usually note that the one's who don't know the technique, don't understand, feel they are too old to learn a new trick or even worse, think they know everything that is important are the one's vouching against it. From white to black belt...

I have promise myself to at least try never to fall into one of the categories I just mentioned, but I have to say it's tiring and some times discouraging, often I catch myself think "Fu#%, here it comes another concept to be learn". But you know what? It's when I feel like a white belt again that I'm motivate...if I felt I had nothing else to learn, to improve why would I keep going?

I told almost no one about a recent injury I had, that kept me from putting a GI during 6 months, that was the longest I had to stay without a gi since 1994 (just because I was exchange student in a city that had no BJJ). Because of that I couldn't follow so much of the so call Lapel guard or Worm guard. I knew the idea from looking videos, but  couldn't say I had a good understanding of it (Not sure I can say that now, but anyways).

Yesterday I had the chance to roll with a 16 years old, female blue belt that is doing the Worm guard like a pro, with many variations and giving trouble to everyone she has been training with. The fact that she is 54kg confirmed my theory that she was all about technique and minimum strength. I learned so much from her during the roll and also after, while she was kind enough to explain and teach what she was trying and looking for with each different grip. If I had the chance to look from outside, I would risk saying that was beautiful to see the Black Belt (me), learning as if he was a white belt from the young blue belt (her). I wish someone had film that. I was lucky enough to have my friend from BJJ HACKS (Subscribe to his channel, if you haven't yet, some sick BJJ stuff) there to film at least part of our training and here he shares with everyone. You can see in my face how I'm watching every movement she does, every grip change and trying to absorb as much as possible. I love this exchange BJJ allows you to have, despite of the color of the belt. So here is my advice to close this few lines:

Learn from everyone! Everyone knows something you don't, be open to that information! Once your knowledge grown, it will never go back to the previous size. 

HERE is the video:


¿Cuándo el estudiante se convirtió en capaz de decidir el momento de cambiar las cintas? 

¿Es sólo mi imaginación, o cada vez más estudiantes creen saber  cuándo deben recibir su próxima cinta? 

O tal vez, ha sido siempre así, pero ya que hay más practicantes hoy en día oímos más acerca de esto. Todo lo que sé es que por una razón u otra y como yo viajo muy seguido  y tengo  contacto con muchas academias, estoy disgustado con tantas historias de estudiantes que están presionando o diciendo cuándo y por qué deben saltar al siguiente color, o los estudiantes que están todavía (ejemplo) cinturón azul y ya están hablando de la fecha en que obtendrán el cinturón marrón.

Como he escrito antes, cuando conseguí mi cinturón morado, marrón y negro, cada vez, me tomó por sorpresa, siempre pensé que yo podría haber esperado más tiempo. De hecho, cuando Rodrigo Comprido me dijo que me iba a dar el cinturón negro en 2001, yo le di numerosas  razones por las que quería esperar y que de hecho  lo convencí de que sólo me lo diera hasta el próximo año (2002). 

También he mencionado antes que me quedé desde los 12 años hasta que cumplí los 15 como cinta amarilla, me moría de ganas de obtener  mi cinturón naranja y el  verde, tenía amigos de la escuela que ya  habían  recibido el cinturón, pero por alguna razón nunca me lo dieron a mí, no sé la razón, porque yo nunca pregunte y nunca lleve ese tema a mis instructores. ¿Sabes por qué? Porque  el estudiante NO SABE CUANDO ES HORA DE CAMBIAR LA CINTA!!!  No depende de él, no se basa en un hecho simple (tales como rodar bien con cinturones más altos) es una mezcla de varios aspectos que sólo el maestro conoce.

Realmente odio ser presionado sobre esto, aunque sea de una manera muy sutil. NO LO HAGA!!, Si creo que usted está planteando el cambio de cinta, tal vez voy a añadir un año más para su espera.


.Felipe Costa on changing belts on Jiu Jitsu

Si usted no recibió el cinturón que esperabas después de la ceremonia de cinta, no se moleste con su instructor, enójate contigo mismo por  fijar un bajo estándar a tu nivel. 

No vengan después con una cara de perrito pidiendo lo que necesita para trabajar para obtener el siguiente cinturón, porque todo lo que escucho es "¿Por qué no he obtenido  la siguiente cinta?" Usted realmente no quiere saber lo que necesita para trabajar, lo que  quiere saber,  es por qué yo (o su instrucción) no le di la cinta. Y la respuesta para eso es, simplemente porque es su decisión, no la tuya. No te preocupes por el color, preocúpate por el conocimiento  y el color cambiará antes de que siquiera desees  (tal como lo hice yo en el cinturón morado, marrón y negro).

La mejor cosa que escuche de un estudiante fue,,,,, “Felipe, no te preocupes por darme un cinturón,, preocúpate por darme el conocimiento”

There is no better mindset and gives the instructor total freedom to help you achieve your best. If you don't think like that, you better start to change your mentality before is too late.

No hay mejor forma de pensar  y dar al instructor libertad total para ayudarle a alcanzar mejor lo mejor de ustedes mismos. Si usted no piensa de esa manera, es mejor empezar a cambiar su mentalidad antes de que sea demasiado tarde.


Felipe Costa

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Posted by Felipe Costa Sep 01, 2014 Categories: BJJ Comprido Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Motivational