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. The fitter you are, the more you can relax during sparring, and the more you can focus and conquer the martial art.Here are handy tips to help you get started with jiu jitsu:
Abandon your 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 find shame in tapping, know that this is no more than your ego at work. And you need to push it aside if you want to be good 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, jiu jitsu should not be used to bully people or to make them fear you. This is completely opposed to the martial art’s core principles.
Focus on the essentials.
In the beginning, you may feel intimidated by all the techniques that you are taught and have to practice. Truth is, to be good at jiu jitsu, you don’ t need to know all of the moves. 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. You can only consider a technique a skill if you have used it with success in a fight.
Improve your weak points.
Overspecializing too much makes you 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 something seems very difficult for you, don’t avoid it; instead, spend time practicing it so it ceases to be a weakness. For instance, if you’re not good at playing from the guard, it should be your number one priority during training. If you ignore those weak points, the more they will haunt you. This works for all positions and techniques.