Regardless of what anyone tells you, you need a particular level of strength and fitness to benefit the most from jiu jitsu. You should not engage in sports to get fit; you should be fit to engage 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.Here are handy tips to help you get started with jiu jitsu:
Forget your ego.
In the grappling world, your ego can be the biggest obstacle to your success. Being a beginner, you will likely have to tap often, and that is perfectly fine. If you’re always fighting this fact, acknowledge that this is your ego at work. And you must leave it at the door if you want to excel 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 fundamentals.
As you start training, you might find it overwhelming to memorize and apply all the techniques you have been taught. The good news is, to be good at jiu jitsu, you need so many moves. There are a lot of grapplers out there who can demonstrate hundreds of techniques, counters and re-counters, without actually practicing their technical knowledge on a resisting and determined opponent. A technique is only a skill if you have used it successfully in a fight.
Strengthen your weak points.
If you specialize too much, you will end up being weak overall. If you like to fight from the top and have no bottom game, you will soon encounter an opponent you cannot subdue from the top, and that will leave you helpless because you don’t have enough ability to fight on the bottom. You will probably not know what to do, and your opponent will only find more opportunities to win.
If you think a certain technique or approach is too hard, don’t avoid it; instead, practice it until you master it. For instance, if you’re not good at playing from the guard, it should be your number one priority during training. Ignoring your weak points will only make them weaker. This is applicable to any technique and position. This holds true for every technique and position.