Your number one goal when rolling during class is not to tap your opponent; it is to apply the right technique. By applying wrong or sloppy technique just to get the tap out means you are defeating yourself, not your opponent.
Simply put, if you’re not doing the right thing then you’re doing the wrong thing. While implementing the appropriate technique properly may not always work for you initially, you must trust and believe that doing the right thing consistently will set you up for success and improve your learning of Jiu Jitsu.
As you continue to study the art and practice trying to implement what is taught in class, you will improve and progress. Rolling by itself is not going to make you better at Jiu Jitsu. It’s implementing the right technique while rolling that is going to improve your game. Take time to study the beauty and intricacies of Jiu Jitsu.
Doing the wrong thing and cutting corners may work on occasion, but it’s only short term and will not work with someone who knows more BJJ than you. Worse than this, doing the wrong thing will hurt your learning of Jiu Jitsu and you will be developing bad habits that carry over in other areas.
So keep doing right, in Jiu Jitsu and in life!
– Professor Tony Passos