What I Wish I Knew as a White Belt… by Jay Hayes

This is the first of a series of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blog posts that asks experienced grappling competitors and coaches a simple question…

What do you know now that you wish you knew as a White Belt?

Jay Hayes - BJJ Black Belt; currently holds both the Intercontinental and Tag Team Belts!

Jay Hayes – BJJ Black Belt; currently holds both the Intercontinental and Tag Team Belts!

I wish I knew the importance of always trying to improve your weaknesses. When I was a white belt I was more concerned about getting to my strong positions and working from there instead of trying to strengthen a weak area of my game. It was a comfort zone that I didn’t feel confident leaving. As I progressed through the belt ranks I quickly learned that I needed to have a more well rounded game. Not only on the ground with jiu-jitsu, but also improving on your feet with wrestling and judo. This is very important especially for the competitive aspect of jiu-jitsu.

Jay Hayes
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
2007 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Gold Medalist (Purple Belt)
2009 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Bronze Medalist (Brown Belt)
2009 NY International Open Bronze Medalist (Black Belt Open)
7X Grapplers Quest Champion
6X NAGA Champion

About Crazy 88

Crazy 88 runs Mixed Martial Arts training centers throughout the Baltimore area. They focus on Combat Sports such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, and Wrestling for both Adults and Children, Beginners to Pros.

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