Regardless of what anyone tells you, you need a particular level of strength and fitness to benefit the most from jiu jitsu. Getting fit should not be a goal for participating in sports; instead, you have to be fit to participate 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 yourself resisting this fact, accept that this is because of your ego. And you must leave it at the door if you want to excel in jiu jitsu. Be prepared to lose and be dominated most of the time as you begin your training. It is part of the process and to move up, you have to 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, jiu jitsu should not be used to bully people or to make them fear you. This is totally against the principles of the martial art.
Focus on the essentials.
In the beginning, you may feel intimidated by all the techniques that you are taught and have to practice. 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. 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. 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. 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.