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. 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:
Abandon 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 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 prepared to be dominated and lose ever so often in the first few stages of your training. You cannot achieve real progress if you don’t learn to embrace this inevitable part of the process.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. The good news is, to be good at jiu jitsu, you need so many moves. Many grapplers never seem to run out of new techniques, counters and re-counters to demonstrate, but have not actually put this technical knowledge to test on a defensive and determined opponent. A technique is only a skill if you have used it successfully in a fight.
Build on what you find difficult.
If you specialize too much, you will end up being 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. You will likely be at a loss for moves, and this will give your opponent more opportunities to overcome you until the end of the fight.
If you’re having a hard time with something, spend time to improve yourself on it instead of avoiding it. If you particularly hate playing from the guard, for instance, spend more time practicing it 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.