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. 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.Here are handy tips to help you get started with jiu jitsu:
Tame that ego.
In the grappling world, your ego can be the biggest obstacle to your success. As a newbie, you will probably need to tap frequently, and that is absolutely alright. If you’re always fighting this fact, acknowledge that this is your ego at work. 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.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 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. You will find a lot of grapplers out there who can show you countless techniques, including the counters and even the re-counters, without executing such technical knowledge in an actual fight. For a technique to become a skill, it should be have been successfully applied in a fight.
Build on what you find difficult.
Overspecialization makes you weak in general. 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 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. If you don’t work on those weak points, they can be your biggest stumbling block to any real progress. This is applicable to any technique and position. This holds true for every technique and position.