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.Below are tips to help you as a jiu jitsu beginner.
Forget your 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 prepared to be dominated and lose ever so often in the first few stages of your training. This is all in the process, and you can have no real success in jiu jitsu unless you embrace it.Time will come when you will be more in control, but before that happens, you will have to work your way there. Still, you should never use jiu jitsu to push people around or brand yourself as someone as the “tough one.” This is completely opposed to the martial art’s core principles.
Concentrate on the basics.
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.
Improve your weak points.
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 probably not know what to do, and your opponent will only find more opportunities to win.
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. If you don’t work on those weak points, they can be your biggest stumbling block to any real progress. This works for all positions and techniques.