Irrespective of what anybody says, you should have a certain level of strength and fitness so you can get the most out of jiu jitsu. Getting fit should not be a goal for participating in sports; instead, you have to be fit to participate in sports. The fitter you are, the more you can relax during sparring, and the more you can focus and conquer the martial art.The following are pointers that can help you as a jiu jitsu newbie.
Tame that 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 have to put it aside if you want to do jiu jitsu right. 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 completely opposed to the martial art’s core principles.
Concentrate on the basics.
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. 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.
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 something seems very difficult for you, don’t avoid it; instead, spend time practicing it so it ceases to be a weakness. 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.