BJJ Submission

Submission to the Process of Learning Jiu-Jitsu

“But, when will I get good?” How often have I asked that over the last two years of training at Gracie Barra? When will I be good enough? When will I reach a level of competence? Why do I feel like people think I’m horrible? Why am I horrible? When will I be able to submit someone with no problem?


To submit someone on the mat is the highest form of victory in Jiu-Jitsu, right? There are no points to be counted, no referees to decide a winner, and no disputed outcome. For many training at Gracie Barra, across the world, the goal is to become so good that submissions come easily.

This is a laudable goal and one for which we should all strive if we want to improve our technical skill, but I would propose that we, as practitioners of…

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