Sometimes people with lower belts ask me : What you think I should be doing / working on to make my jiu-jitsu better? I am going to answer this question now.
There is no perfect answer, especially if I just rolled with you for the first time. You know what I am talking about.
I was a lower belt once too :), but I have never asked this question (to be honest I am very bad with jiu-jitsu questions… and it is not because I think I know everything, i don’t). Even tought I never asked , I’ve heard some advices myself. One very enlightening was : Don’t give up sweeps.
Don’t give up sweeps
Yes. Don’t give up when your butt hits the ground. You can fight! This is what we do at bjj! fight it and bounce back! You may think now : aha, yes for sure. They sweep me like a baby and you want to tell me that all I have to do is don’t give up and bounce. Yes, that’s exactly what I am saying. To be honest I was suprised that I haven’t figured it out myself. You are going to be surpised how great that works.
Base is the basic
I bet that more than once you’ve been sweeped just by being pushed. All because you were sitting very low and had all the weight on your heels. If it is a problem for you to stay nice, low and strong on your legs when you are trying to pass it would be great for you to train your balance on a fitness ball. Youtube is full of videos showing diffrent exercises on the ball , from the easy to the hardcore ones. Give it a try!
Don’t let anyone discourage you
I always wanted to play spider guard and you know what? I am playing it now! Many times people very telling me, it is not for your body type, your legs are too short and too bulky, spider guard it is not for you. Really?? I don’t think so. If you like something, just do it. Work on it and don’t listen to others.
Seminars, seminars and one more time SEMINARS!
You may think why am I going to spend extra money to learn jiu-jitsu if I am already paying a monthly fee at my gym? I could get a rashguard or sometimes even a new gi with this money. Or maybe you think that seminars are a thing for higher belts. You are wrong. One time a friend asked me : Should I come to this seminar? What is it all about? And I was like : Seriously, dude! Seminars are important. Seminars are super important, especially when you are still developing your game. Doesn’t matter how amazing you bjj teacher is he/she will never show you all the techniques jiu-jitsu has to offer. That’s why you should go to seminars and value the oportunity you have to learn from someone else. It may be a game changer for you or at least you may learn positions that one day you may have to know how to defend.
Forget about Youtube …
I know , I know. You want to learn , and you want to learn as much as you can as fast as possible. Youtube won’t help you. Instead of sitting infront of your computer watching youtube, go to your gym and train as often as you can. The more you train, the more you will learn.
If you really have too much free time on your hands why not watching girly or funny youtube videos? Or maybe spend this time on books?
Don’t overtrain yourself
Now you will say : didn’t she just write about training as much as I can?? Yes, I did but you have to remember to take care of yourself. Your body needs time to recover, and it needs to recover so you can keep training and injury-free. Injuries= no fun.
You can always say NO.
If there is a person that you don’t like to roll with just don’t. Doesn’t matter what rank they are. If you are worried for your health or that person just simply makes you uncomfrotable, just say no. Believe me nobody will care.
Tap before it hurts
You could think that it is necessary to say it, unfortunately it is. If you feel a submission coming and there is no way to get out – tap. It is just training and and injury can take you out not only from training! As far as I know it hurts and what hurts more is the fact that you can’t get bakc on the mats for a while.
For all the white belt females
Try to avoid training with brand new people (especially man). What you want is to learn, you will learn a lot more being swept and passed by a higher belt than getting muscled out by a man who can’t “lose” to a woman.
Do You have any advices I haven’t mentioned in this post? If yes please share at in the comments! See you on the mats!