Two stripe white belt here. I’ve spent the last year training pretty consistently and rolling hard. I’ve been lucky enough to have done most of my sparring with purple belts and higher, getting smashed on a regular basis.
I’ve been getting more chances to roll with white belts lately, and it sort of feels like I fell out of a meat grinder and I’m all of a sudden able to just tool on new guys.
It’s a great feeling for sure but I’m starting this thread to hear the perspective of upper belts on how to make rolling with less skilled students a mutually productive exercise.
I’ve been working on shelving my attributes, working techniques and making a goal for each roll. Get a sweep, escape side control, land a sub from mount, etc.
What I don’t want to do is be patronizing by going too easy on people to my own training detriment. I felt like I might have even disrespected a guy last week by going too easy. I lowered him to the mat after an ankle pick instead of letting hit the mat hard. Then I Went super easy on him, gave him chances to work his escapes, warned him to stop doing really dumb stuff like giving me his arms all the time, and submitted him easily but gently.
I also don’t want to be driving new students out of the gym by smashing the crap out of new guys. Even though I’d really like to practice that too, and becoming the best I can be will surely involve choking the shit out of many people down the line.
I realize progressing in jiu jitsu is the cause of this and I’m thrilled to finally have the problem of learning how to be a good training partner to newer students.
How do you upper belts roll with new guys?
How do you balance your skill development with being a productive and courteous training partner?
Thanks in advance!