How to Train with Beginners so that Nobody Gets Hurt and You Both Get Better

Stephan teaching BJJ

The most dangerous situation in BJJ is training with an absolute novice.

I’m serious!  Someone who has never trained before is often unpredictable, jerky, and just doesn’t know the rules of the game yet.

All that thrashing around, lack of control, as well as potential ego issues means that there’s a pretty high likelihood of something going wrong. Either that dude planting an elbow in your eye, or not him tapping out when he’s in a Kimura, or doing something else stupid.

Here’s a video I made showing you how to train so that NOBODY gets hurt, and EVERYBODY gets better. In it I also share a couple of stories from the trenches about training with beginners (and guys I thought were beginners but definitely weren’t).

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