Three Essential Jiu-Jitsu Tips for Newbies
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.The following are pointers that can help you as a jiu jitsu newbie.
Tame that ego.
In jiu jitsu, your ego can be your downfall. Being a beginner, you will likely have to tap often, and that is perfectly fine. If you find shame in tapping, know that this is no more than 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. You cannot achieve real progress if you don’t learn to embrace this inevitable part of the process.In time, you will be the one making others submit, but you have to work hard for it. Still, you are not to use jiu jitsu to control other people or build some kind of reputation as someone “untouchable.” This is totally against the principles of the martial art.
Focus on the essentials.
In the beginning, all those techniques that you have to memorize and incorporate into your game can feel daunting. 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. For a technique to become a skill, it should be have been successfully applied in a fight.
Improve 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. Most likely, you will not know know what to do, and you will become more vulnerable in the eyes of your opponent.
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. Ignoring your weak points will only make them weaker. This works for all positions and techniques.