A good teacher can change your life.
Sometimes having a person believe in you helps you to believe in yourself and reach your true potential not only on the mat but off.
Not everyone who joins a Jiu Jitsu school is the same. Some are timid, some are very social. Some have come from hard times or a troubled home. Some are competitive and hard-nosed. Some are soft and maybe weaker than most alpha types. It’s everyone and anyone walking through the doors coming in “as they are.”
Whatever the case may be a good teacher/leader can make a HUGE difference.
Whether you teach with credentials as a inter-galactic champion or an old man in a wheelchair how you treat people is what ultimately matters.
Where would you flourish?
Under a person who inspires and motivates you or doesn’t.
Likely the former – where you are valued.
You get to choose the people you surround yourself with (if multiple schools avail themselves in your community).
Sometimes it’s just a positive remark like “good sweep John, you are getting better,” a warm smile or a question about your life that can make all the difference.
You never know what a person is going through when they walk through the academy doors. So a good mentor makes you feel at home. You want to train to feel good – not to add stress.
For most people Jiu Jitsu is a big part of their life. If they are having a rough time at work or at their home a Jiu Jitsu teacher can be like a mentor , brother or father figure and can have nearly as much influence.
Don’t underestimate the power of a positive instructor. They can change your life.
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