Whatever anybody tells you, you need a specific basic level of strength and fitness to maximize your benefits from jiu jitsu. Getting fit should not be a goal for participating in sports; instead, you have to be fit to participate 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 jiu jitsu, your ego can be your downfall. As a neophyte, you are expected to tap often, which is completely normal. If you find yourself resisting this fact, accept that this is because of your ego. And you have to put it aside if you want to do jiu jitsu right. Be ready to be dominated and beaten most of the time in the initial stages of your training. It is part of the process and to move up, you have to 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, 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.
Concentrate on the basics.
In the beginning, all those techniques that you have to memorize and incorporate into your game can feel daunting. Truth is, to be good at jiu jitsu, you don’ t need to know all of the moves. There are a lot of grapplers out there who can demonstrate hundreds of techniques, counters and re-counters, without actually practicing their technical knowledge on a resisting and determined opponent. You can only consider a technique a skill if you have used it with success 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. Most likely, you will not know know what to do, and you will become more vulnerable in the eyes of your opponent.
If you’re having a hard time with something, spend time to improve yourself on it instead of avoiding it. For instance, if you’re not good at playing from the guard, it should be your number one priority during training. Ignoring your weak points will only make them weaker. This is applicable to any technique and position. This holds true for every technique and position.