Over the past few days I’ve had the privilege of training with the phenomenal Thalison Soares.
Thalison is a multiple time Jiu-Jitsu world champion and at only twenty years old, he’s the youngest BJJ black belt I’ve ever met.
Watching him roll will the people I look up to day to day in the gym was mesmerising.
His technique was the smoothest I’ve ever seen, and watching someone his size overcome the strength and power of larger opponents with sharp and elegant technique has me more inspired than ever to get better at this art.
Above all else, it was a pleasure to see how Thalison held and conducted himself, on and off the mat.
His composed presence and calm, respectful tone speaks volumes about the heart of Jiu-Jitsu.
His patience and focus while teaching were both immensely valuable.
Thalison left the group with a few pieces of advice about how to approach Jiu-Jitsu which I think translate across many disciplines;
- Find the holes in your game (your weaknesses) and work on them.
- Train often.
- Train smart.
- On the day of competition, imagine yourself succeeding. There’s no point in considering any other possibility.
- In the week before a competition, relax. You aren’t going to be noticeably better with another week’s work. You could however perform much worse if you exhaust yourself or get injured during over-training.
Since being promoted to blue belt, my training has felt on and off.
That all turned around over the course of this weekend.
The more I train Jiu-Jitsu, the more certain I become that it’s something I need to be better at.
I couldn’t be more excited for the work ahead of me.
Thank you Thalison, I’m intensely greatful and look forward to the next opportunity I get to learn from you.