I'm in a slump. Not that I am discouraged, I just know my jiu jitsu is not where it should be. Guy at the gym or making gains on me, which is great, but I seem to be at a stand still. So, I had a little talk with my instructor, and he gave me some good advice. I thought it may help others in a slump. He said now is the time to bring my basics up to a black belt level. What does that mean for me, a purple belt? It means reps and reps at perfect form. Armbar, chokes, omoplata and triangle need to be perfect everytime. Rolling with anyone. I also said the fun moves like funky wrapping gi chokes, x guard and such are great to know and fun, but the bulk of the work needs to be back at the basics doing perfect reps. He also said that I need to quit making mistakes on purpose when I roll with white and newer blue belts. What does that mean? I want to work on back mount escape so I will give guys my back on purpose to do that. Well, turning my back even on purpose makes bad habits. When I go against good guys in class or tournemants, I will revert back to muscle memory and make stupid mistakes. I saw that at my last tourney. My hands and arms where way out of place. He wants me to start in the bad postition and start rolling from there, or stop and ask guys to mount and work out of it, not let guys mount on purpose to work the escape. Th last thing he said really rang true. He said I was very dedicated to the whole art of jiu jitsu, but not dedicated fully to the work at the technique level I need to have. My son and I don't see each other as much, and sometimes we can do the move we are working on once or twice, then talk a bit or expand on the basic move to much into something we are not working on. It was the kick in the butt that we all need from time to time. I think I nice to have an instructor that can be a good enough friend to be honest and really care. I feel like I have had new fire stoked inside of me for Jiu Jitsu. The best thing will have a nearly unstoppable armbar someday. Let you know how it goes. Though others out there might have the same problems.