Friday, February 17, 2012

The Glass Ceiling between Us and Elite


I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
16 February 2010 @ 10:07 pm

What separates a black belt from a world class black belt? What separates a blue from another blue who trained just as long as you yet they got their purple? It's a thin glass ceiling that separates the two, you can see where they are and where you need to be, just can't seem to break through that barrier and get there. How come?

I have a theory. What separates the two is a subtle but HUGE difference. The people who are better, when given an opportunity to improve their position will take it. The people who aren't as good when given the opportunity will think about it. In BJJ and in life, the lack of making a choice or the process of thinking is sometimes more dangerous because that's when you get caught sleeping. You get caught with a silly submission you never should have been caught with because you weren't paying attention. You were thinking about moving instead of moving. Even deciding not to move would be less threatening.

It's not only with that, as in life it's related to all things that will affect your progress. When a good BJJ player is given an opportunity to improve his game, or improve his overall Jiu Jitsu, he will seize the day. Another player who is always frustrated at the pace of his progress will just think about it...Even though he beats himself up for not getting better. A good player will drive far, give up sleep, find a way to get money, to improve themselves, or have an opportunity to train with the very best. The other faction simply...will think about it.

Hey let's go to this seminar. Let me think about it.

Let's train with this guy. Let me think about it.

He's got you sidemounted, go for the single leg. Let me think about it.

You have an opportunity to get a better job if you leave your current one! Let me think about it.

This girl could be the girl of your dreams! Let me think about it.

You will see that with a lot of these people, the pattern continues in the rest of their lives. They say a successful person who loses it all, will find a way to get it all back. That's what he does. He's not successful because of how much money he has, he is successful because of the types of choices he makes and he will always make those same choices whereas someone unsuccessful will also make the same kinds of choices that holds him back. That's karma. Karma doesn't mean you do bad things, bad things will happen to you. Karma means if you make stupid choices, you are more likely to make more stupid choices in the future. Decisions you make won't affect that one thing, it will help to create a pattern of behavior that will affect your overall growth and progress.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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