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Mindful Mentors: Recognizing the Significance of a Problem-Solving Mindset

December 05, 2023 1 min read

Open Mat's Mindful mentors who consists of both Yoga instructors and Jiu Jitsu coaches are fully present and engaged with you throughout your practice. They actively listen to all practitioners, giving them their undivided attention that is free of biases. 

This series is dedicated to those who need that extra motivational push to get over any hurdle they are facing in their practice. 




It is common to fall into the trap of attributing losses in the training room to factors such as the opponent's size, strength, flexibility, or speed. Undoubtedly, there may be some validity to these thoughts. However, the real trouble arises when we allow these thoughts to take control and prevent us from finding solutions.

If a person who outweighs you by 30 pounds crushes you in training, it’s very easy to say he was too big. It’s easy to think that because it’s true. However, you’re missing the opportunity to study the techniques that allow smaller practitioners to defeat larger opponents.

Unless you have reached world championship levels, where technical excellence is at its absolute peak and physicality becomes more crucial, there will always be significant opportunities to make technical or tactical improvements to enhance your effectiveness in the training room. However, if you give in to the excuses in your head, no matter how true or reasonable they may seem, finding solutions to the challenges your opponents throw at you becomes much tougher.

 Whether you're just starting out as a white belt or are a seasoned colored belt, kick those excuses to the curb. Instead, discover technical solutions by adopting a solid problem-solving mindset.