Respect Your Training Partners
This is a very important aspect of your training and is accomplished in several ways.
Spend equal time drilling techniques. Don’t take all the time trying to perfect your techniques and forgetting about your partner and their progress.
Respect size differences and skill levels. We typically have a very diverse class with different body types, strengths and skill levels.
I always attempt to pair similar size and skill levels together but sometimes this is not possible. So if you’re the stronger, larger, more skilled practitioner, be technical, more than usual, with the weaker partner when sparring. Give them an opportunity to be the aggressor, practice new techniques or escapes.
Encourage each other. This can be difficult, especially in a martial art where you spar with your training partners on a regular basis. Lets face it, we’re not just going through forms or kata and punching and kicking the air. BJJ requires you to train hard against your fellow practitioner, which can cause your position towards each other to become more adversarial than an advocate. We are all individuals with a goal of improving our skills. But we are also a team. So train hard, train safe, train smart.