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John Roderick
02-08-2011, 06:37 AM
Good morning Nibiru brothers and sisters. I just wanted to post something that's on my mind; the apparent belief by many that there is a "Magic Pill" or "the Best Gym" in town. Here's the thing; there is no magic pill, diet, training regimine, instructor, or method to get a short cut to being "the best" or "great". The truth is, very, very, few people achieve the level of excellence say, Anderson Silva, or GSP attain. They are pretty unique. There are many great athletes and Martial Artists, but it takes days, weeks, months, and years of training and THOUSANDS of reps/sparring/rolling to get any skill. I see a disturbing trend, and it seems to be an unfortunate side effect of the success of the UFC, certain competitors, and the TUF show-a lot of younger people are under the impression that they can become "great" almost overnight.
The most difficult thing as a coach/instructor is getting a kid to calm down, slow down, and drill. Sure, rolling is fun and you can try a lot and you can do 2 thousand arm locks, but if you don't practice those reps for the arm lock CORRECTLY with good guidance, it will never be perfect or even close.
So, some advice to many of you young guys and girls on the forum: take the lead of say, Gabby Bella and Connor "The Machine" and SLOW DOWN. Put in your time. Be humble. Keep your ears open, and your mouths less so. Ask good questions, and be prepared to not like the answer. It would be nice to take Gabby and Connor around and show some schools the right way to be, but that's not possible. So please-make use of this forum and other resources to become friendly with good instructors and martial artists. Keep an open mind, and above all: be patient and don't worry about the "Magic Pill". It doesn't exist.

Steve Schumer
02-08-2011, 07:06 AM
well said

Nate Hollyfield
02-08-2011, 07:08 AM
I think its a mindset of America, mostly because we have so many "shortcuts" to success, like reality shows where people can get famous overnight. I dont know if its a false sense of entitlement, or what, but it has been bugging me for some time too.
Good post John.
+1

Aab
02-08-2011, 07:56 AM
A lot of people realize this after they have trained for a bit and then they just give up. It's the love for something that drives you through all the hardships.

Ehsan_Karam
02-08-2011, 08:15 AM
Not true, I got stem cell/ nano bot pills and I ain't sharing.

bobby rivers
02-08-2011, 08:43 AM
Please.

Brandon Mccaghren
02-08-2011, 09:41 AM
A lot of people realize this after they have trained for a bit and then they just give up. It's the love for something that drives you through all the hardships.

this

Enzo
02-08-2011, 09:50 AM
Quote from some where - "Success is bulit on what you do when no one else is watching".

VJ Bella
02-08-2011, 12:22 PM
In the case of younger kids (and some men ;)I think its all about learning to handle your own ego. The ego is a poweful force that can either tear you apart and be your demise or will you to train harder and win when everything seems lost.

Gabby is a prime example of a typical young kid who had a lot of success and had to learn this lesson the hard way. She barely trained for the summer NAGA last year, talked some smack to a girl she had beaten soundly before, and fully thought that she could just walk in to a womens advanced div. with minimal training and walk out with the belt. Not only did she lose...she was embarrassed (0-4 on the day). It was a life lesson she had to learn. No matter how good you think you are...there is always someone looking to knock you off your perch. You cant win without hard work and training period.
She said to me after the matches that she never wants to feel that way again. And she will do whatever it takes. I just told her it has to come from her...she has to be the one who makes the sacrafice if that is something she truely wants. She has since righted her wrongs...she is training wrestling 5 days a week despite starting at a new school an being the only girl on the team. Shes been training bjj with me on the weekends and working super hard. Im excited to see what she can do in April at GQ Beast of the East.

I think every young kid goes through this...its a battle of the ego...being able to admit to yourself that it does take hard work and dedication, being able to submit yourself to the instruction of your coaches (no...teenagers dont know everything there is to know about bjj and life!!). Your 100% right John...there is no magic pill...steel is forged in the fires of battle. Its the only way to do it.

Chris Herzog
02-08-2011, 12:45 PM
Good morning Nibiru brothers and sisters. I just wanted to post something that's on my mind; the apparent belief by many that there is a "Magic Pill" or "the Best Gym" in town. Here's the thing; there is no magic pill, diet, training regimine, instructor, or method to get a short cut to being "the best" or "great". The truth is, very, very, few people achieve the level of excellence say, Anderson Silva, or GSP attain. They are pretty unique. There are many great athletes and Martial Artists, but it takes days, weeks, months, and years of training and THOUSANDS of reps/sparring/rolling to get any skill. I see a disturbing trend, and it seems to be an unfortunate side effect of the success of the UFC, certain competitors, and the TUF show-a lot of younger people are under the impression that they can become "great" almost overnight.
The most difficult thing as a coach/instructor is getting a kid to calm down, slow down, and drill. Sure, rolling is fun and you can try a lot and you can do 2 thousand arm locks, but if you don't practice those reps for the arm lock CORRECTLY with good guidance, it will never be perfect or even close.
So, some advice to many of you young guys and girls on the forum: take the lead of say, Gabby Bella and Connor "The Machine" and SLOW DOWN. Put in your time. Be humble. Keep your ears open, and your mouths less so. Ask good questions, and be prepared to not like the answer. It would be nice to take Gabby and Connor around and show some schools the right way to be, but that's not possible. So please-make use of this forum and other resources to become friendly with good instructors and martial artists. Keep an open mind, and above all: be patient and don't worry about the "Magic Pill". It doesn't exist.

Preach on Brother John!

Gabby Bella
02-08-2011, 12:50 PM
The grappling match with the ego is just as difficult as the grappling match on the mats ~Dad

Bryan Burke
02-08-2011, 12:59 PM
Quote from some where - "Success is bulit on what you do when no one else is watching".

awesome quote!!!

Jason_C
02-08-2011, 01:05 PM
i agree 100% with John and learned that first hand. It is exciting to see young talent like Gabby and Connor post threads and vids about how they smashed their latest tourney. They are really helping to spread the name of this system and they are the future of 10PJJ.

To comment about what John said, when i had the pleasure of rolling with him and the 10P Hartford crew. I found out that the more i learned, the more i found out about just how much i didnt know. and the only way to get to where i want to be is to continue to work. Time and reps are the only way to get better at not only jj but just about everything in life

Emir Mehovic
02-08-2011, 02:23 PM
Good post!!!

Emir Mehovic
02-08-2011, 06:50 PM
GSP on training http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJe0nsJut-8&feature=related

chronic_jiujitsu
02-08-2011, 07:18 PM
Quote from some where - "Success is bulit on what you do when no one else is watching".
Success is built on masturbation?

Justin W.
02-08-2011, 07:50 PM
Success is built on masturbation?

Awesome. I'm going to try to put in my reps daily.

Aab
02-08-2011, 09:19 PM
Awesome. I'm going to try to put in my reps daily.

I guess sexual success may be built on that lol.

DarbyBarby
02-08-2011, 09:51 PM
Word

Ed Simonson
02-08-2011, 10:43 PM
John,

One of the best posts I've read. Well stated.

Tyler Timmermans
02-08-2011, 10:54 PM
one the magic pill theory how do you think you will stack up against someone who is fucked up on pills and feels no pain and knows the basics of mma?

John Roderick
02-09-2011, 07:16 AM
In general, this thread has created the sort of discussion that I intended. Ed, Jason, et al-thanks for the comments. Tyler, unfortunately, with someone jacked on drugs, all you can really do is either run away, or if you're forced to; do the nasty stuff. Start taking their eyes, throat, and breaking whatever you can grab. There's no tapping out in the "street" or real combat. No consolation matches.

Shellby Connelly
02-12-2011, 07:22 PM
i agree with you!

Joe Friday
02-12-2011, 11:46 PM
In general, this thread has created the sort of discussion that I intended. Ed, Jason, et al-thanks for the comments. Tyler, unfortunately, with someone jacked on drugs, all you can really do is either run away, or if you're forced to; do the nasty stuff. Start taking their eyes, throat, and breaking whatever you can grab. There's no tapping out in the "street" or real combat. No consolation matches.

i'd just shoot them