It's your boy here, and I've got something to say about all these white belts out there trying to coach other people in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Now listen, I know you might think you're some hotshot instructor because you've been doing jiu jitsu for a whole three months now.

But let me tell you, just because you can do a perfect forward roll doesn't mean you're qualified to teach the finer points of the arm bar.

In fact, I've got 10 reasons why you should just stick to learning and leave the coaching to the professionals:

White belts who like to coach are like a bunch of toddlers trying to teach quantum physics.

You don't know what you're talking about, and you're just gonna confuse and frustrate everyone around you.

I mean, let's be real here - as a white belt, you've barely scratched the surface of jiu jitsu.

You're still trying to figure out the basics, let alone advanced techniques and strategies.

Reason #2: Trying to coach others as a white belt can be dangerous

Not only do you lack the knowledge, skills, and experience to properly coach others, but you're also clueless about the potential risks and pitfalls of the techniques you're teaching.

In other words, trying to coach others as a white belt is like a blind person trying to lead the blind – it's a recipe for disaster.

So, before you attempt to impart your nonexistent wisdom on others, maybe seek out some guidance and supervision from a qualified instructor. Otherwise, you're just setting yourself up for a humiliating defeat on the mat.

Reason #3: Your lack of experience and knowledge can also lead to confusion and frustration among those who you’re trying to coach

Without a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the martial art, you may not be able to adequately explain and demonstrate the techniques, and you may not be able to troubleshoot problems or answer questions.

This can lead to misunderstandings and difficulties for your "students", who may become frustrated and discouraged with their progress.

But don't worry, just like a toddler trying to walk for the first time, they'll eventually figure it out on their own - or give up and seek advice from an actual qualified instructor.

Reason #4: By trying to coach others as a white belt, you’re undermining the authority and expertise of more experienced coaches

If you're a white belt trying to coach others, you might as well just challenge the Professor to a fight and save everyone the trouble.

Who do you think you are? Rickson Gracie? Listen, buddy, respect the hierarchy and let the real coaches do their job.

Trust me, it's best to just keep your mouth shut and learn from the pros.

Unless, of course, you want to end up on the receiving end of a triangle choke from a seasoned black belt. In that case, by all means, go ahead and try to coach others. Good luck with that.

Reason #5: It can be disrespectful to those who have dedicated more time and effort to learning and mastering jiu jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a discipline that requires years of practice and study to master.

So, when you try to coach others as a white belt, it's like saying "I'm just as knowledgeable and skilled as those who have put in the time and effort to achieve a higher rank."

Please, just stick to what you know and let the real experts handle the coaching.

Reason #6: It can create a toxic and unproductive learning environment for those who are really trying to learn

If you're unable to provide clear and effective guidance, your "students" may become confused, frustrated, and discouraged, which can lead to a negative atmosphere in the training sessions.

This can make it difficult for your students to learn and progress, and it can make the overall experience of training in unenjoyable and unproductive.

In other words, white belts should stick to what they're good at: getting tapped out.

Reason #7: Your lack of experience may prevent you from accurately assessing and addressing the needs and abilities of those you’re trying to coach

Without a deep understanding of the martial art, you're likely to struggle when it comes to accurately evaluating the skills and abilities of your fellow students, and you may not be able to tailor your coaching to their individual needs.

This can lead to a one-size-fits-all approach that may not be effective for all students, and it can result in frustration and disappointment for those who aren't making progress.

So, before you start thinking about coaching, take some time to continue honing your own skills and gaining a deeper understanding.

Trust us, your lack of a deep understanding of the martial art will be painfully obvious to anyone who knows what they're doing. Save yourself the embarrassment.

Reason #8: You do not understand the proper coaching methods

You definitely have no idea what proper coaching methods are if you are still a white belt.

Hell, even not all black belts can coach let alone a white belt.

As a "white belt coach", you're likely just winging it, making up some random techniques and hoping for the best.

And let's be real, you're probably not even capable of breaking down those complex techniques into smaller steps.

Plus, you probably don't know how to give constructive feedback or create a positive learning environment.

So, please, for the sake of the other students, stick to being a student yourself.

Reason #9: Your attempts at coaching as a white belt may discourage others from seeking out more qualified coaches

If you're a white belt and can't even follow simple instructions, how do you expect to teach anyone else?

Your lack of knowledge and experience will only lead to frustrated and disillusioned students who will lose interest.

So, unless you want to be responsible for discouraging others from pursuing it, maybe stick to being a student for now.

Reason #10: Focusing on coaching others instead of learning and improving your own jiu jitsu can hinder your own progress

As a white belt, you should be focused on learning the basics and developing a strong foundation in the martial art.

By spending your time and energy trying to coach others, you may not have enough time and attention to devote to your own learning and practice.

This can lead to more and more stagnation in your own progress and development, as you may not be able to absorb and apply new knowledge and skills effectively.

In contrast, by focusing on your own learning and improvement, you can make steady progress and gain the knowledge and experience needed to eventually become a qualified coach yourself .... or at least a mediocre one.

To wrap it up....

Let's not forget that jiu jitsu is a martial art that's all about respect and humility.

And trust me, there's nothing humble about trying to coach others when you're still a beginner yourself.

If you really want to learn and improve, the best thing you can do is shut your mouth and listen to the people who have been doing this for a lot longer than you.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that white belts can't offer any valuable insights or advice.

Of course they can - we were all beginners once, and we all had to start somewhere.

But the key is to do it in a way that is respectful and helpful, not arrogant and condescending.

If you're asked for advice by someone who's newer to jiu jitsu than you are, go ahead and give them your best tips and tricks - but make sure to preface it with something like, "I'm still a white belt, so take this with a grain of salt. But from what I've learned so far, this is what works for me."

This way, you're acknowledging that you're not an expert, but you're still offering some helpful advice.

But if you're not asked for advice, don't just assume that you know better than everyone else and start spouting off random techniques and advice.

That's not only annoying, it's also dangerous - you could end up teaching someone something that is wrong or even harmful.

So, to all my white belts out there, here's my advice: shut up and listen. Focus on learning and improving your own jiu jitsu, and let the real coaches do their job.


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