One thing that I always try to get across to GSBJJ students is that even when THEY don’t come to class, everyone else is still there and wondering where they are. Everyone has someone who looks forward to seeing them in class. The truth is that everybody has something to contribute and if you don’t show up – your presence is missed.
Unfortunately, sometimes people have a “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about their training partners when they skip Jiu-Jitsu for other things. Even if you don’t show up to class, everyone else will still be training and improving regardless. However, your training partners CARE about you and want you to be working and improving with them!
If you are a higher belt, your presence in class is important because you help guide all of the newer students as well as make sure there are challenging training partners for the other higher belts. Purple, brown, and black belts are mentors for white/blue belts and motivate new students by representing the results of what an Jiu-Jitsu academy’s program can produce.
If you are a big guy, I guarantee there are other big guys at the gym that are waiting for a partner around their size to train with.
If you are a WHITE BELT, your attendance is HUGE because you are literally the future of your Jiu-Jitsu school. Your instructor and the higher belts need enthusiastic white belts to teach so that one day they can become the next blue, purple, brown, and black belts!
If you are a woman, other women look forward to having you part of the camaraderie that is women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
A positive attitude is also something that ANYONE can contribute to their Jiu-Jitsu academy! If you are someone who gives their absolute all in training, encourages others, and shows discipline in your training – your presence on the mats encourages others to do the same!
There are literally thousands of other examples because everyone has something to contribute to their Jiu-Jitsu school whether it’s your sense of humor, competition mindset, or even something purely technical like your sick De La Riva guard. I promise you that everyone has something to offer their Jiu-Jitsu team.
This also applies to people who have not yet started their Jiu-Jitsu journey. I know that there are people out there that have been thinking about trying Jiu-Jitsu for a while. Even if you are brand new, if you have a positive attitude and work hard – you can soon become an important member of the GSBJJ team.