Life and particularly jiu jitsu, are really all about showing up.
It sounds silly though, right? Just physically taking your body from one space into another, and (preferably) remaining mentally present really does exponentially increase your chances of advancing in jiu jitsu. A lot of that has to do with what you say vs what you do.
People say they want to do things all the time- they want to quit smoking, get more healthy, lose those last 5 pounds, compete, get their next belt, be held more accountable. But more often than not their actions don’t reflect their words. They eat an entire pizza, don’t up their activity, they skip class, become unresponsive when you try to follow through and hold them accountable to their goals.
By showing up, you’re putting your money where your mouth is. You said that you wanted to get better and you’re doing the work. Showing up means that others can count on you as a training partner, and someone that will share the experience with them. Showing up means that you are putting in an effort, and people respond to that. It’s frustrating to teach someone who mentally didn’t show up, and impossible to teach someone who doesn’t physically show up.
It’s one of those deceptively simple things- how do you get better at jiu jitsu? Show up. How do you improve your technique? Show up. How do you improve your relationships with your teammates and coach?
Of course there are exceptions to every rule and there are more nuances to some situations, but really the first step to all of it is showing up.
Just some thoughts I wanted to share with you all. Have a great day everyone!