We should hardly have to make this argument, because we’re all on the mats to train. Sitting out rounds is not just a disservice for your training, but your training partners too. By allowing yourself to sit rounds out, you’re wasting your own training time.
You’re tired? So what? If your Jiu-jitsu doesn’t work when your tired, maybe you need to focus on your output or your technique. Hard rounds will only serve to make you better. You’re paired with someone bigger, stronger or better than you? So what? Jiu-jitsu was designed to overcome those opponents.
A lot of this comes down to ego. You are not the most important person on the mats. If you’re sitting out, that means one or more of your training partners is missing out. Your desire to get some rest and save yourself for the next round so you can ‘win’ is bullshit.
There are a few legitimate reasons to sit out like injury, or if the mats are simply too packed (should you be in a smaller gym space). If you can’t roll, then drill, if you can’t drill, ask someone with that tricky guard or pass for some pointers. If you can’t even do any of those, maybe take some time off to rest. If you’re just propping the walls up, the chances are others are going to see it as okay to do the same. It’s an unnecessary distraction to others, especially when rest rounds turn into conversation and story time. It’s a bad example and a terrible image; what a new person would think coming into your gym only to see a line of people sitting against the wall?
If you’re sitting rounds out as a way to duck hard rounds & opponents, then you need to reassess your attitude to your training and your Jiu-jitsu. The training room is no place for that kind of precious ‘beat your team mates’ mentality.
We’ve all been guilty of this when we didn’t know better. I know for certain that I only started to see genuine improvement when I stopped this bad habit. I see it with new practitioners too; the sooner they embrace those hard rounds and roll tired, the sooner they see true improvement in their physicality and mentality.
Thanks for reading.