What I Wish I Knew as a White Belt by Phil Proctor

Phil Proctor – Jujutsu Guy


Phil Proctor is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Lloyd Irvin and also holds a Black Belt in Judo. He teaches mostly at his school Wrightson BJJ location but can be found on the mats of Crazy 88 usually once a week.

I wish I knew as a white belt that I should work on my weaknesses.

For example, when I was a white belt and even a new blue belt, (and other like me that are over 200lbs with some wrestling and/or Judo experience), I got a pretty good top game pretty quick. I wanted to tap everybody and viewed being tapped as a regression. The last thing I wanted to do in training was work from my guard. Internal dialog is something like this “That tough white belt may tap me if I work my guard. That can’t happen, because I normally tap them.” What nonsense that is.

For me, I didn’t progress until I started forcing myself to pull guard in training. It was tough. I downright sucked. I tapped. A lot. But….my guard got better and my overall game progressed. I finally worked my weakest area.

This is typical of white belts. It could just as easily be a lighter weight person that’s gets a great guard early on, but can’t pass. They, like everybody, needs to work that weakness until its not a weakness.

Philip Proctor
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt


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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