I’ve talked about this before, but it’s a recurring topic across gyms, so let’s dive in.
The Golden Rule: Treat others how you want to be treated.
How does this translate to grappling? I’m glad you asked. If you treat your rolls like a professional grappling match, expect your opponent to do the same. Conversely, if you are rolling with someone more advanced than you and you decide to play some “grey” jiu jitsu, it will be returned. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and it will be terrible.
The longevity of your BJJ career depends on your understanding of when it’s appropriate to train like there’s something on the line. Mostly because if you make the wrong choice with the wrong person, your day is going south fast. By looking out for your training partners, you look out for yourself and they look out for you. DON’T INCUR THE WRATH OF THE MAT ENFORCER!!!