In BJJ, Being Awesome is Learned and Earned
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the hardest things to start. It’s one of only martial arts that you can do for most of your life and continue to grow and change as the sport evolves alongside you. The longer you train the more you understand about Jiu Jitsu, but at the same time realize how vast Jiu Jitsu really is and how much there is to learn. Every BJJ black belt is a white belt that never quit. They were all in the same position as us but chose to persevere and became bad asses in the process. Some tips on how to become an awesome BJJ practitioner are:
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you have a problem with a technique or want to explore more about it.
- The journey of Jiu Jitsu has many peaks and valleys so don’t feel discouraged. Everyone has bad or good days, just never forget to always learn something no matter how small.
- Training with everyone is important. Getting after it with different body types allows you to see what technique can work in what situation with any training partner.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes; even higher belts and take these opportunities to learn something new from them.
- Be consistent with your training. It’s hard to retain information if you only train once or twice a week. Training a lot will allow for more growth and help you get down techniques faster.
- The biggest thing for new students is one of the hardest things to grasp. Just relax. Many new students don’t know many techniques as is to be expected, but they try to supplement this with brute strength. As a newer student your main goals should be to learn and exercise to get into Jiu Jitsu shape. Once you get some techniques under your new belt and know how to use properly you can then start to ramp it up in training.
Even though you just started Jiu Jitsu, using these tips, in time you’ll be just as awesome as the upper belts you look up to.