This installment of What I Wish I Knew as a White Belt is by Brad Court, Black Belt who runs BJJ school in Downingtown, PA.
There are a lot of things I wish I’d known when I first started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all else, I wish I’d known the importance of goal setting, and the fact that higher expectations result in higher levels of achievement. I wish I’d known the type and level of training necessary to perform well at the highest levels.
And truthfully, I wish I’d believed that I could reach those levels. It took a few years for me to even believe I could reach the black belt. When I started in 1997, there may have been 5 American black belts at most. Still, if I’d had more faith in myself, I would have had more focus.