How to Get Better at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Jake Coleman

February 14, 2023
Written by
Bailey Fortenbaugh, Yosuke Shingu
Published on
May 9, 2023

Jake Coleman is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and combat Jiu-Jitsu competitor. His journey with Jiu-Jitsu began about 4 years ago when a friend suggested he try a new Jiu-Jitsu gym in the area. At first, he was unsure, but he took the leap and is now a skilled competitor in the BJJ world. In this episode, we talked about training, leveling up our skills, and how to get better and faster at Jiu-Jitsu.

Key Takeaways about Jiu-Jitsu and training with BJJ Competitor Jake Coleman

Growing is important, and it can be difficult to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to get better at the things you love. Jake spoke about branching out to grow, and said, “Every once in a while, you have to go find somebody who’s better than you… Even if I’m trying my very best, I have to go against somebody who’s… better than me… you have to leave your ego at the door sometimes.” He spoke about how humbling it is to do this and said, “Just because you’re getting beat by somebody, that doesn’t mean you’re not getting better.”

Jake also spoke about people’s first impressions of Jiu-Jitsu and how they are often wrong about what the sport is actually like. “People just immediately get the wrong impression.. A lot of times I’ve got… a black eye, cuts on my face, my ears are all jacked up… but [people] don’t have to roll like I do.” He said, talking about how combat Jiu-Jitsu is very different from Jiu-Jitsu in most gyms. 

Yosuke also asked Jake about cauliflower ear, a common injury that people experience from combat sports like combat Jiu-Jitsu or boxing. “I’ve just embraced it with open arms!” He said, “[Ear guards] aren’t weak, it’s the responsible thing, but I’ve never really been known for doing the responsible thing.” Yosuke and Jake talked about how cauliflower ear is a conversation starter for people in combat sports, as it often symbolizes that someone is a good fighter.

Yosuke asked Jake to summarize how to get better at Jiu-Jitsu in one sentence. “Do the mental work,” Jake responded, “You have to learn new moves. You have to apply those moves… You need to study… you need to study yourself, you need to study your rolls, and then you need to go find new things to implement into your game… Look at your rolls, find a common [problem]… find the answer, and then you’ll be excited to learn those things.”

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