One of the many lessons you learn and practice in your Jiu-Jitsu training is control. When you’re on the mat, you’re using your skills to control your body and your opponent. But at the same time, you’re also training your ability to control your emotions.
What happens when you lose control of your emotions in Jiu-Jitsu? It affects your thoughts, your technique, and your practice. But like any other skill that you practice, you can get better at emotional control.
Here are some ways that you can work on controlling your emotions in Jiu-Jitsu:
When you feel yourself getting frustrated, breathe. It’s simple, but it works. Taking a few deep breaths can help you focus on your breathing, rather than your frustration or other emotions.
Set Your Ego Aside.
When you feel yourself starting to lose control of your emotions, do a quick ego check. An emotional flare-up might have more to do with unmanaged or unrealistic expectations than the current situation. If your ego is driving your training, managing your emotions, and improving your Jiu-Jitsu skills will become a challenge. Set your ego aside.
Get Some Perspective.
Another way you can practice controlling your emotions is to take a step back to get some perspective. If you find yourself getting stuck repeatedly, take a minute to think about what’s happening. What keeps happening to cause the same result? Is the cause something that you should let yourself get frustrated or angry about? Probably not.
Ask and Learn.
Once you’ve figured out what you keep doing wrong or how you keep getting stuck, it’s time to ask for some help. Rather than letting yourself repeat the same emotional patterns of anger or frustration, ask your instructor for some help. Or ask another student. Part of the learning process is asking questions, receiving feedback, and learning.
Gaining better control of your emotions doesn’t happen with the flip of a switch. It takes practice. As you train Jiu-Jitsu, your technical skills will improve, and your ability to control your emotions will also improve. Keep practicing.
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