Jiu-Jitsu Letter

Yes Rounds Off

I go back and forth about taking rounds off. Sometimes, it feels like I shouldn’t take a round off, and then I go the other way. Lately, I’ve been in the “yes rounds off” phase again.

”Another important thing, Sylvio says, is to select who you roll with intelligently. You don’t have to roll with everyone every time. Don’t take it as a challenge. You can’t win and you can’t lose. You might think that you can, but if you do, you are thinking wrong. Rolling to get better and competing to win medals and trophies are two completely different things. If someone is being excessively defensive, doing nothing, just trying to survive, and not even trying to pass your guard or seriously attack you, then maybe you aren’t getting anything out of rolling with him. In a contest, he would lose the match by falta de combatividade (passivity). You are squandering valuable and limited training time on him. Roll with someone with a more productive mentality.”1

  1. Roberto Pedreira, Jiu-Jitsu in the South Zone, 1997-2008 (Amazon) ↩︎

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