Regardless of what anyone tells you, you need a particular level of strength and fitness to benefit the most from jiu jitsu. Getting fit should not be a goal for participating in sports; instead, you have to be fit to participate in sports. If you are fit enough, you will be relaxed enough during your jiu jitsu sparring sessions, and it will be easier for you to master the martial art.The following are pointers that can help you as a jiu jitsu newbie.
Abandon your ego.
In the grappling world, your ego can be the biggest obstacle to your success. As a newbie, you will probably need to tap frequently, and that is absolutely alright. If you find yourself resisting this fact, accept that this is because of your ego. And you need to push it aside if you want to be good in jiu jitsu. Be ready to be dominated and beaten most of the time in the initial stages of your training. It is part of the process and to move up, you have to embrace it.There will come a time when you will be the dominant one, but you need to pay your dues before then. Still, you are not to use jiu jitsu to control other people or build some kind of reputation as someone “untouchable.” This is completely opposed to the martial art’s core principles.
Focus on the essentials.
In the beginning, you may feel intimidated by all the techniques that you are taught and have to practice. The good news is, to be good at jiu jitsu, you need so many moves. You will find a lot of grapplers out there who can show you countless techniques, including the counters and even the re-counters, without executing such technical knowledge in an actual fight. You can only consider a technique a skill if you have used it with success in a fight.
Strengthen your weak points.
Overspecializing too much makes you weak overall. If you are too focused on your top game, you will be helpless when you encounter an opponent who is stronger than you on the top. If you concentrate too much on fighting from the top, an opponent you cannot dominate from the top can easily control you because of your lack of an alternate game. You will probably not know what to do, and your opponent will only find more opportunities to win.
If you’re having a hard time with something, spend time to improve yourself on it instead of avoiding it. If playing from the guard is not exactly your favorite, for example, make it your first priority during training. If you don’t work on those weak points, they can be your biggest stumbling block to any real progress. This works for all positions and techniques.