Ok, so maybe it wasn't the most jaw dropping, life-changing advice you imagined, but strangely enough, it was something that I'll remember for the rest of my life.
It's true. Sometimes when training martial arts we practice from positions and angles that we'd most likely never end up in during a real life fight scenario. In a tussle, there's an extremely small chance that my opponent and I will both wind up on our knees, facing each other, and trying to rumble. However, it's extremely likely that we'll box, kick, wrestle, go for takedowns, and find ourselves in either a dominant position such as mount, rear mount, and side control, a neutral position like guard, or in a inferior position like turtle while on the ground. By the way, those are names used in Jiu-jitsu.
So, why train in a way that doesn't really benefit you in the long run?
My coach's wise words of wisdom stuck with me on the long ride home; after all, my main reason for learning MMA was for self-defense, not to compete.
With my next MMA class coming up in a matter of days, I've already decided that the next time I roll, I'll spend more time starting in either a dominate position with the goal of maintaining a strong base and going for a submission, or in a disadvantageous position with the aim of attacking or getting to a better situation, just like my coach wanted. That way, I’ll actually prepare myself more for a real combat situation, just like he said.
And that's exactly why I love practicing martial arts. Taking advice, learning new skills, and undergoing intense workouts are key components to mental, physical, and spiritual development. Though my coach’s words were only a small suggestion, they’ll surely turn out to be a big investment towards my progress in the discipline. "Wax on, wax off", remember?