Whatever anybody tells you, you need a specific basic level of strength and fitness to maximize your benefits from jiu jitsu. You should not engage in sports to get fit; you should be fit to engage in sports. When you are fit, you will be able to relax when during jiu jitsu sparring, and you will find it easier to excel in the martial art.The following are pointers that can help you as a jiu jitsu newbie.
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 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 prepared to be dominated and lose ever so often in the first few stages of your training. You cannot achieve real progress if you don’t learn to embrace this inevitable part of the process.There will come a time when you will be the dominant one, but you need to pay your dues before then. Still, jiu jitsu should not be used to bully people or to make them fear you. This runs against the very fiber of jiu jitsu.
Focus on the essentials.
As you start training, you might find it overwhelming to memorize and apply all the techniques you have been taught. Truth is, to be good at jiu jitsu, you don’ t need to know all of the 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.
Build on what you find difficult.
If you specialize too much, you will end up being 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 likely be at a loss for moves, and this will give your opponent more opportunities to overcome you until the end of the fight.
If something seems very difficult for you, don’t avoid it; instead, spend time practicing it so it ceases to be a weakness. If you particularly hate playing from the guard, for instance, spend more time practicing it during training. Ignoring your weak points will only make them weaker. This works for all positions and techniques.