This past weekend, a lot of my classmates/training partners/teammates from McHugh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competed at NAGA in Wildwood. A bunch of them brought home Gold and Silver medals, including some who were competing for the first time.
I’m so impressed and inspired by all of them, whether or not they won! Not everyone competes and at this point, with a back injury and unstable hips, I don’t think I will anytime soon, if ever. So my thoughts have been on how you can be a good teammate when you aren’t likely to bring home a medal. Even if you don’t compete, here are 3 ways to add value to your team.
Be a good training partner: Learn as fast and as much you can so you can push your classmates in class and in live practice. The better you are, the better the workout you can give someone else.
Be a good friend: Doing something like BJJ requires very close physical contact with your training partners. Friendly competition requires respect and consideration of the people you work with, both on and off the mat.
Be a good cheerleader: Always lift your teammates up. They are working hard to achieve their results. Be proud that your training sessions with them makes you a part of their success.