Many jiu-jitsu students have the idea that training with higher-level opponents all the time will make their jiu-jitsu better.
While it is true that rolling with higher belts is beneficial in many ways (to get used to the pressure, work the timing of execution, advanced games, improve defense, and so on), getting smashed and tapped all the time is not going to do much for your offensive game.
Here is a great piece of advice from a professional MMA coach:
“You need 3 types of training partners:
Those better than you so you can train your defense.
The same level as you so you can get the best workout in back and forth matches.
Those lower level than you so you can work your offense and experiment with new techniques.”
Keep that in mind and make the most out of your training sessions.
See you on the mats!
Source: Student Question : “Is the best way to get really good to get smashed by higher belts?” (Graciebarra.com)