Jiu Jiu Jitsu & Learning a Foreign Language: Leaning on What You Know

A bit weird I know, but this was brought up a while ago while talking with some jiu jitsu friends and teammates- we were talking about lower ranks insisting on going one or two submissions or sweeps, whatever, even when it’s not exactly the right time to go after that particular move.

Of course the lower rank means well, but it’s a bit like when you are learning a new language: even if you only know a few phrases or words, you will try to use them whenever possible, even if the situation may call for something slightly different or more complex.

Jiu jitsu- and learning a language- are both processes that take a good deal of time: preaching to the choir, I know. But this is just something to keep in mind next time rolling with a lower rank and you start to wonder why they keep going after the same submission time and time again. It may be more that there is a lot of information being thrown at them, and they are using that one technique as their anchor point, to get their bearings as they eventually attempt to venture out and try new things.

That’s all I’ve got for now- have a great day everyone!

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