The boys talk about the feeling most people get in Jiu Jitsu after the initial wave of understanding what they’re doing. That is to say, why does it feel like I’m actually getting worse in Jiu Jitsu???
At first it feels like you’re making some pretty good strides in your BJJ learning curve. The “aha” moment come quickly and at least you’re not doing the dumbest of the dumb things you can do on the mat.
After that initial growth period you sometimes come to a point when you feel like you’re regressing when you roll. This can be contributed to a number of things, but mostly it’s all just in your head.
Oddly, when most people get their blue belt a couple of things happen.
1. Blue belts and above don’t roll quite as nicely with you, which has the affect of making you feel worse…
2. White belts try to prove themselves at your expense because they want what you have. That of course makes all your rolls harder.
Does this mean that you are getting worse at Jiu Jitsu? Of course not…but with a couple exceptions. They have to do with the quality of your training. Suffice it to say, if you have a good academy and training partners, the chances of regression are slim to none.