Learning On Your Own
Every once in a while, I see someone trying to learn something they saw on YouTube. There’s nothing wrong with trying to add something into your game that you find beneficial. The struggle that I see is when the person refuses to bring in someone with more experience to help them out and they get frustrated. It’s hard to learn something when you don’t understand the mechanics and concepts of why the technique is successful. Instead of trying to learn something that might be too advanced for you, I’d say take a different approach on how you learn on your own. Learning techniques is certainly fun, but the best way to get better at Jiu Jitsu is to analyze your game and improve from there. Identify your strengths and your weaknesses. What habits have you formed during training that you know are flaws? Where are areas that you struggle that you can improve through more understanding of concepts in Jiu Jitsu, not just more techniques? As I stated previously, learning a new technique every now and again is totally fine, but bring in a higher belt or someone your trust if things aren’t clicking. Focus on ways to improve your game that will translate to overall success, not just new moves.