Great coaching makes a difference in your Jiu-Jitsu training. But that’s only a part of a much bigger formula. As a student, you also need the ability to be coached. Otherwise, you could train with the best Jiu-Jitsu coach in the world and never get anything out of their instruction.
Here are just a few characteristics of coachable athletes:
- Willingness to try new things
- Always ready to learn
- Long-term thinkers
- Focused on form first
- Accept responsibility
- Receptive to feedback
Here are a few ways to become more coachable in your Jiu-Jitsu practice:
1. Keep an open mind.
One way to become more coachable is to keep an open mind. No matter if you’ve been training ten days or ten years, there is always more to learn. Listen to, work through, and then try your coach’s instructions. Even if it’s not a strategy or technique that you’d typically use, don’t let your previous patterns prevent you from trying something new or different.
2. Commit to your practice.
Another way to become more coachable in Jiu-Jitsu is through commitment. It’s hard to improve when you only show up to class every once in a while. At the same time, it’s hard to coach someone who shows up inconsistently. So work hard to be disciplined in your practice and show up when you plan on showing up.
3. Improve your awareness.
Like many important lessons you learn through Jiu-Jitsu, coachability is a skill. If you struggle with accepting feedback, listening, and trying new things, you can improve these and other skills. The important thing is to be aware of where you are now and then to be patient as you work to make improvements.
Are you interested in getting started with Jiu-Jitsu? Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian offers programs for kids and adults. Contact us today to learn more about the programs we’re currently offering.