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A Bigger Opponent

My last roll today was with someone about 4 inches taller and 80 pounds heavier. He is a blue belt and I’m still working on my white belt. I find rolling with much larger opponents to be when I truly test my will and determination. Today was no different. I gave up and tapped on two different occasions when I knew I didn’t have much of a chance to reverse the position and was truly discouraged. The round wasn’t over, so I knew I had to get back into it. This is where things are truly different from where I was three years ago. I would have given up and let myself leave the gym discouraged. Instead of getting down on myself, I took a few seconds to do exactly as Jocko Willink prescribes:

Get Up
Dust Off
Go out on the attack

After starting in Full Mount, I was able to bridge and roll my opponent. The best part was his reaction when he was astonished that I still had energy in the tank to lift and roll him. What a rush!

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