Real-Life Superhero Jocko Willink Drops Some Super Solid Knowledge On Getting Better at BJJ

This is Jocko Willink…

Pretty Badass Huh?

This is also Jocko Willink…

So is this…

And this as well…

If you can’t already tell, he’s a man of many talents. Jocko Willink: Navy SEAL (awarded the silver star and bronze star for his service in the Iraq War), Martial Artist, Podcaster, 1# New York Times Bestselling Author and a very, very scary, strong-as-hell dude.

Oh yeah, he’s also a black-belt under the one-and-only Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister.

On his podcast, Jocko answers a question, “Why have belts if they’re not something to strive for?”

Jocko encourages looking at jiu jitsu progression as more than just a ranking system and the color of your belt.

Here’s how Jocko explained it:

“He (the mailer of the question) sent me this random thing… You know hey, I don’t know if I want to do this stuff about belts..

At some point jiu-jitsu become a lot more than just belts. Eventually the Jiu-jitsu itself completely bypasses what the belts are and what the belts mean. Now, you say to me well that’s because you’re a black belt. Of course they don’t matter to you, you’re already a black belt… The fact is that didn’t happen to me at black belt, that happened to me at like purple belt. I think about mid way of my purple belt time I had no care whatsoever of what belt color I was. Literally zero. And I just wanted to get better, I just wanted to know more, to keep training and I never even thought about it after that. “

“That’s the other thing I’ve noticed in teaching kids jiu-jitsu” Willink continues, ” The kids that are a little bit more cerebral… You know the parents will think:  my son he’s kind of a nerd, he’s kind of a smart kid I don’t know if he’s going to like it. But the opposite is actually true very often. Where the kid that’s cerebral, he’ll recognize as soon as you show him 3 things . Like you said – his wheels are turning he’s going wait a a second, this is a skill I can learn, and if I can learn to do this and the other guy doesn’t know this I will be able to beat him. And so cerebral kids often get into it even more than you know some kid that’s like a natural bruiser. ”

Joe Rogan agrees: “You know 10th planet jiu-jitsu is just filled with nerds. They’re all nerds. Assassin nerds. It’s really kinda interesting. ”

Jocko again: “And you’re not being facetious when you use the word nerd. Assassin nerds.”

Wanna learn something? Check out his Twitter, you won’t regret it…

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