Why Your BJJ Game Is S***. Part 1

You just can't figure it out, can you? For some reason your game has plateaued. You keep finding yourself going for the same sweeps, the same passes, the same weak-a** subs. The guys at the gym all see them coming. The guys at the tournaments aren't fooled for a second.

What the f*** are you doing wrong?

Believe me, I have asked myself this question more than a few times over the years and it took until recently for me to get a little perspective on the situation.

Finally, I sat down and took a look at the top BJJ competitors over the last decade and complied a list of things that most of us are doing wrong.

Really wrong.

This is the first part in a series that will go on as long as I want it to. Which is to say: until I get bored.

Reason 1: Get your ink.

Oh, you think that I am wrong? You think that there is no correlation between having tattoos and success in BJJ?

Let me ask 2005 ADCC Gold Medalist Jeff Monson.

Not convinced? Okay, let me ask 2010 Absolute No Gi World Champ Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu...

I get bonus points for finding a pic of him working over Monson.

Still nothing?

How about 2011 ADCC Absolute Champ Andre Galvao

Or one of my favorites 2011 ADCC Bronze Medalist Jeff Glover:

Now, I'm not saying that you HAVE to get a tattoo to be good at BJJ. I'm saying that there is mountains of empirical evidence to suggest that the addition of ink to the surface of the skin has a direct correlation with your game getting better.

Your sweeps will be flawless. Your passes with by ethereal. Your submissions will be devastating.

Just sayin'. It's pretty obvious. Not sure why it isn't a requirement just to get your blue.