“With a lot of technique and a lot of faith, you can beat anyone.” – Caio Terra
We Jiu Jitsu practitioners are always looking to increase and improve our techniques, and that is a wonderful thing.
But what is the most important technique that will help us reach our goal?
Could trust be the greatest technique?
What is trust? Trust can be defined as a feeling of confidence in the predictability of a result. Trust is confirmed by a track record of success.
How can trust be the greatest technique? The answer has to do with how our levels of trust in certain key areas can impact everything else in our training.
By consciously adopting a trusting mindset, especially in the 3 critical impact areas that we will look at below, we can accelerate our progress and increase our chances for success.
On the flip side, so many of the shortcomings and frustrations in our Jiu Jitsu practice stem from a lack of trust. Lacking trust in these 3 areas will negatively impact our performance.
Here is a list of the critical impact areas that we will focus on:
- Trusting the Techniques
- Trusting your Professor
- Trusting Yourself.
The list could go on. Trusting the tapout and trusting our training partners are some other important areas. But let us use these three as a starting point.
The first critical impact area is trusting the techniques. Trust in the techniques is a large part of what distinguishes the advanced student from the beginner.
“Before you can achieve, you must believe.” Although we use our bodies to execute our techniques, it is the mind that moves the body. So it is an important psychological point, that in order for a technique to be successful, we must trust that it will succeed. Expectations influence results. The mental side of high-level athletic performance cannot be overestimated..
The best Jiu-Jitsu players trust that they can create predictable results. They trust their techniques to such a high degree, that even when they know that you know what they want to do, they still feel that they can do it – nd they are usually correct.
Commitment. Additionally, for a technique to work against a formidable opponent, one must commit to it. Trust is the forerunner to commitment. Without trust, we will not be able to commit to a technique. Therefore, as our trust and commitment in relation to a given technique increases – so will our success rate.
Not trusting our Jiu-Jitsu techniques can leave us very frustrated – and stressed.
So, how do we build trust in our techniques? The same way we develop any skill, by practicing. But recognize that this process can take a while.You rarely trust someone just because they say, “trust me.” Trust is built up over time by consistent action. We build trust in our techniques by practicing – which means drilling them for many repetitions. The trust we develop in drilling should be confirmed by the success we have in live training.
Key elements for building trust by drilling:
- Gain familiarity with the technique by drilling it.
- Be detail oriented. Do not omit important details.
- Keep going until you develop a level competency.
Key elements for building trust in randori:
- Trust is the result of action taken over time, so be patient. (Learn to trust your techniques, even if they betray you.)
- Keep it simple, focus on only a few techniques.
- The more success you have in Randori, the greater your trust will be in a given technique.
The 2nd critical impact area is trusting your teacher. The student-teacher relationship is sacred and ancient. It is one of the things that separate us from the animals. The ability to pass down information and refine it is an integral part of what makes us human. By trusting your Professor, you are positioning yourself to have greater trust in the techniques.
The main criterion for choosing a teacher is their ability to give you a greater understanding of Jiu-Jitsu than you already have. Once you choose someone, it is important to trust him or her. Consider them to be the messenger of your Jiu-Jitsu potential.
The benefits of trusting your Professor:
- You will progress faster.
- You will be more coachable
- You will create the opportunity to become a Master yourself
Progress faster. The best in the world have a history of whole-heartedly trusting their Masters. Students who develop this trust will progress faster than students who do not. Relative to their individual abilities, the student that trusts their professor 100% will progress at a pace almost twice as fast as the student who has a 50% level of trust.
Be coachable. Trusting your professor allows you to be coachable. Someone whio is coachable generally progresses faster then others. How can you increase your coachability? By trusting the teacher, and trusting the techniques.
Become a Master. 99.9% of the time, before a person can become a master, they must first fully trust a Master. You have to have the experience of fully trusting a Master before you can become one.
Being half-hearted in this 2nd critical impact area can be a serious drawback and the cause of much frustration. Not trusting your teacher will be a distraction – which creates a hindrance in your ability to learn. Students who do not trust their professors think they are making their professor wrong and themselves right – but it is the student who ends up losing out.
The 3rd critical impact area is trusting yourself. Successful people set a goal and usually wont give up until they achieve it. They trust that they can do it.
Regardless of your current level, develop the ability to trust in yourself. Some key areas:
- Trust that you are physically capable. If not, improve your conditioning.
- Trust that you can handle challenges.
- Trust that you will improve with practice.
- Trust your ability to solve problems.
- Trust your creativity.
- Trust that you will get to black belt and beyond.
As martial artists who practice self-defense, we can be of the mindset to trust no one. True, there is an inherent vulnerability in allowing yourself to trust – and commitment can leave you over-exposed. But life itself is a risk – and the value of allowing yourself to trust far outweighs the risks.
By consciously applying the technique of trust to these 3 critical impact areas, you can take your Jiu-Jitsu to an entirely new level. Remember, trust is a “feeling” or a mindset, but it is the result of actions taken.
What do you think? Is trust an important component of your training?
Do you trust your Professor? Do you trust yourself? Have you built up a few moves that you really trust?
I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. – Henry David Thoreau
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. – Rita Mae Brown