What if My Jiu Jitsu Instructor Isn’t a Black Belt?
Most people couldn’t imagine training at a BJJ gym that didn’t have a black belt Jiu Jitsu Instructor. However, it’s important to realize that, throughout your BJJ career, there are going to be times when you aren’t going to get trained by a black belt. The question is: is that okay? Or should you switch to a different gym? This is what we’ll help you develop a conclusion to below.
Does the Black Belt Get Tapped Often?
Does the black belt get tapped often during practice? Are purple or brown belts tapping them? If so, this could indicate that the black belt isn’t as experienced as he or she is making himself or herself out to be. For the most people, a black belt should very well be the best grappler at your gym – and get tapped rarely.
How Old Are They?
Generally, it’s difficult to find a black belt less than 21 years of age. But there are exceptions obviously, with the famous Keenan Cornelius being one of them. If a black belt instructor seems too young, or seems like they lack the experience to be an instructor, then consider moving on to a different gym.
Who Trained Them?
If person A was trained by Royce Gracie and person B was trained by a random instructor, chances are good that the first person would be the better instructor. After all, they would have all of the tips and tricks (and knowledge) needed to excel in such a position.
If you’re ever unsure about who trained your instructor, then simply ask them. Most black belt instructors will be more than happy to share their stories of how they acquired their black belts. If they hesitate to tell you, even for a second, then chances are good that they are lying about their credibility.
Once you’ve found a Quality Trainer
Just like finding a good doctor, you’ll want to stick to good trainers like glue. The reason why is because they don’t come around often. A good trainer is one who will teach you the discipline of Jiu-Jitsu, fix your mistakes, and won’t pressure you into coming to practice. If you can find a Jiu-Jitsu black belt trainer like this, then do your best to stick with them throughout the course of your BJJ career (since it will benefit your skills greatly in the long run).