Whether you’ve been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for a few years or you’re still new to the sport, being coachable plays a significant role in your progress. Here are a few ways to be more coachable in Jiu Jitsu:
1. Learn and continue practicing proper form.
No matter how much experience you have with Jiu-Jitsu, continuing to practice good form is an essential part of every class or workout. No matter how much you might want to skip the skills component and dive right into rolling, taking the time to practice proper technique will make you a better athlete long-term.
2. Put your ego aside.
By practicing Jiu Jitsu with other people, you get the benefits of applying your skills with a variety of skill levels. You also get accountability, support, and a sense of community from the group. However, it can be hard not to compare yourself when you’re practicing with others. Or, you might be holding back because you’re afraid of making a mistake in front of others. The best thing you can do to continue making progress is to put your ego aside and focus on self-improvement.
3. Accept feedback with an open mind.
Getting good feedback from your coach is one of the best ways to improve in Jiu-Jitsu. Sometimes, it’s tough to take feedback, especially if you’re not used to getting it. Remember that there is a difference between criticism and feedback. Your coaches and instructors are not attacking you but trying to guide you. Keep an open mind, and don’t take feedback personally. Show up in a mindset where you’re ready to learn or try something new.