“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee
When I began training jiu jitsu I attended two classes every week. Each class was ninety minutes in length and I felt that at the end of each week I had learned a great deal and was always excited for the next week to begin. Every week, as a white belt, I felt that excitement and each training session increased the inventory of techniques that I had memorized and then attempted to use in each roll.
- Change The Focus: Find a technique or a series of techniques that you want to make your own and incorporate in your game. Every grappler has a fingerprint, a personal style all their own. By dedicating a day, a week, or a month to one position or one technique your improvement will be noticeable and any weaknesses that you have noticed will decrease and you will find your plateaus shortening.
- Stop Worrying: Every martial arts practitioner comes across the problem of plateauing. What separates the good from the average is their ability to recognize the problem and solve it. Worrying will only hinder the martial artists progress or even cause them to regress.
- Enjoy Training: Jiu jitsu is meant to be enjoyable. You should be on the mats to learn and to improve, but you should also enjoy what you do. Make it enjoyable. Smile. Have fun with your training partners.