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. If you are fit enough, you will be relaxed enough during your jiu jitsu sparring sessions, and it will be easier for you to master the martial art.Below are tips to help you as a jiu jitsu beginner.
Forget your ego.
In jiu jitsu, your ego can be your downfall. Being a beginner, you will likely have to tap often, and that is perfectly fine. If you’re always fighting this fact, acknowledge that this is 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.There will come a time when you will be the dominant one, but you need to pay your dues before then. Still, you are not to use jiu jitsu to control other people or build some kind of reputation as someone “untouchable.” This is completely opposed to the martial art’s core principles.
Focus on the fundamentals.
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. For a technique to become a skill, it should be have been successfully applied in a fight.
Strengthen your weak points.
If you specialize too much, you will end up being weak overall. If you like to fight from the top and have no bottom game, you will soon encounter an opponent you cannot subdue from the top, and that will leave you helpless because you don’t have enough ability to fight on the bottom. 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 playing from the guard is not exactly your favorite, for example, make it your first priority during training. If you don’t work on those weak points, they can be your biggest stumbling block to any real progress. This works for all positions and techniques.