Regardless of what anyone tells you, you need a particular level of strength and fitness to benefit the most from jiu jitsu. You play sports not to become fit; rather, you have to be fit to play 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.
As a grappler, your ego can be your worst liability. 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 have to put it aside if you want to do jiu jitsu right. Be prepared to be dominated and lose ever so often in the first few 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, jiu jitsu should not be used to bully people or to make them fear you. This runs against the very fiber of jiu jitsu.
Concentrate on the basics.
As you start training, you might find it overwhelming to memorize and apply all the techniques you have been taught. You will be happy to know that you don’t need a thousand different moves to be good at jiu jitsu. Many grapplers never seem to run out of new techniques, counters and re-counters to demonstrate, but have not actually put this technical knowledge to test on a defensive and determined opponent. For a technique to become a skill, it should be have been successfully applied in a fight.
Build on what you find difficult.
Overspecialization makes you weak in general. 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 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. If you ignore those weak points, the more they will haunt you. This is applicable to any technique and position. This holds true for every technique and position.