I have been wrestling with posting this for a while, but I am finally fed up. I know that you should leave your “ego at the door” when practicing BJJ, but what’s up with new guys who have never ever taken Jiu-jitsu before or only a week or two always trying to instruct more veteran guys in technique.
Last night I witnessed a new guy try to tell our instructor how to perform an armbar and he was dead wrong (in so many ways). This is after I told him where his arm placement should be. After he was corrected he then tried to instruct me on what I was doing wrong. I had to tell him why I was performing it that way. But I shouldn’t have to tell him. New guys should be sponges and seek instruction. If they don’t want to learn they should open up their own schools.
This isn’t the first time I have suffered through this. Sometimes when you pair up with a new guy to drill technique he acts so confidently that you may assume that he is a vet. Then you ask him how long he has been practicing and the answer is, “Oh, this is my first day.” Just about every time (if not 100%) I tap these guys out in a sparring session that same class and then they finally start asking questions as opposed to trying to give direction.
I don’t know why I am so preturbed about this, but it is irritating. Have any of you guys had the same problem and if so how do you deal with it?