What does it mean to be a good training partner?:
Having a good training partner is key to your development in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Solo drilling can help develop some techniques, however nothing can replace a live person to work with.
These are some things to be mindful of while training:
ALWAYS BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR SAFETY, AS WELL AS YOUR TRAINING PARTNER’S.
Focus on the technique being taught by the instructor. Even high level BJJ practitioners can continue honing their craft while drilling techniques that they already have “learned”.
Don’t be too resistant or too compliant. The term that we use is, “Give your partner a Good Look”; meaning let them drill the move without resistance, but don’t just flop on your back. It is also key to quietly communicate to one another that the technique is being executed properly.
If you are advanced and helping a new student, try not to over-correct your partner. Think back to when you first began your jiu-jitsu journey. None of us started out as black belts. The quote, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, is quite fitting in our martial art.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when training in class. Having a great training partners will increase your development as well as the overall level of the academy. I, nor any other black belt, could have made it to this level alone. Our training partners should be held in the highest of respect because they help us improve daily.
See you on the mats!