A “coachable” student automatically has an advantage over the stubborn or lazy student. Here are 3 ways you can be more coachable, and thus more successful at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
Ask Questions. Your instructor, if he or she is any good, wants to answer your questions and help you progress as fast as possible. Do not listen to that voice in your head that says it’s a stupid question- ask the question!
Hear and Listen. To hear is to “perceive with the ear the sound made by someone or something.” To listen is to “give one’s attention to a sound.” A student must truly listen to grasp the concept, technique, or advice being given.
Implement Immediately. Sometimes a student asks a question (“What should I work on?”) and gets a direct answer (“Drill the hip escape from mount 50x before Saturday”), only to procrastinate or worse, disregard the instructions. Before you know it they’re back asking why they keep getting submitted from mount. Do not be lazy.
Trust Your Coach. If you do not have faith in your instructor’s knowledge, 1 of 2 things may be the reason. First, perhaps you have realized that your instructor is not qualified – Find a new instructor. Or maybe you’re a bit arrogant or stubborn and want to do it your way – Listen to the people who’ve accomplished what you want to accomplish (like becoming a BJJ black belt).
Follow these 4 guidelines and you’re off to a good start. Or, correct these areas and watch your skill set improve faster than ever.
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Paramount BJJ purple belt Abi Pacinelli won the IBJJF Washington DC Open this past Saturday. She submitted both of her opponents with armlocks. Check out some pics of the action below, and call 610-269-1127 or click HERE to train at the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Chester County.
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Abi Pacinelli, of West Chester, medaled for the 3rd straight year at the IBJJF World Masters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Las Vegas. She is a 6x medalist and a 2x Champion. Pacinelli trains out of Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, PA.
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Suffering a defeat in an individual sport is always harder than losing as a team. There is nowhere to place the blame but on oneself, and that can be a tough pill to swallow. But the best in the world know how to bounce back quickly from a loss no matter how devastating, and this ability is also an indicator of future success.
Take Paramount BJJ student, competitor and instructor Abi Pacinelli. In 2015 she made it to the finals of her weight class and the open weight division at the World Masters Championships, only to lose both matches and walk away with Silver medals. An accomplishment for sure, but not what she’d worked for and wanted.
But she bounced back and the very next year once again reached the finals of her weight class and the open weight division. This time she won both matches, earning double Gold and becoming the first Paramount student to win a World Title. She was then awarded her purple belt on the podium, another first.
A more recent example was when she traveled to Colorado for the Fight 2 Win Pro event. The match didn’t go her way, and she was submitted. This is a very rare thing, for Abi to tap out. Did she sulk and wallow in sadness? No! She jumped at the chance to get back on the mats- the very next day! She had just enough time to compete at the Colorado State Championships before jumping on a plane to come home.
Unfortunately she lost her first match. However this was a double elimination tournament, and in yet another example of bouncing back Abi won her next 4 matches to place 2nd overall. This is how a champion handles defeat!
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