TIPS FOR BJJ NEWBIES
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF YOUR TRAINING
So, you finally decided to set aside a training schedule, buy your training gear and sign-up with us. That’s a big leap towards achieving your fitness goal as well as learning one of the most popular sports today.
As in most of our endeavours, there is this probability that after the hype and the fad have faded, you might find yourself back to where you started… zero. It’s a common thing, specially in BJJ, that after two or three months of training, the fervour that you once had prior to your first day loses steam. This may be brought about by the stress from home, work or school or by changes in priorities.
We offer some tips for you in order to make the best out of your training so whatever challenges may come along the way, you’ll be able to get back on track with your training.
1. Begin with end in mind. This sounds like a phrase from Stephen Covey’s book, but this sure sets everything right from the start. Have short-term and long-term goals. Revisit them often so you can recalibrate your decisions, priorities and schedules with your BJJ goals.
2. See the big picture. During first few sessions, you’ll be taught some movements and drills that might be very new to you. Your body’s reaction and recovery may be slow since you’re adjusting to the learning curve. Your instructor will have you do these drills repetitively and you might get bored or lose sight of the purpose of the drills. DON’T. These movements are the same drills that both a white belt and a black belt do. The difference is in the ease and accuracy of execution. A black belt may have done this a million times more than the white and this has helped him execute the technique with more precision. So, don’t get bored if you drill a hundred times. Soon, you’ll be finding yourself executing the drill with ease.
3. Focus in mastering a single technique, rather than learning several ones. Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”. You may be taught several ways to do an armbar in one training session, but I bet that by the time you execute those in your next session, you’ll find yourself successfully pulling off just one type. BJJ has a plethora of wonderful and exciting techniques and these may overwhelm the beginner. Try to focus on a single technique, drill it several times and move on to the next once you have a grasp of it.
4. Leave your ego at the door. You may be the best crossfitter, or a Muay Thai champ. But this is BJJ. This is different. Free your mind from all the pride, worries and fear about how you’ll be fairing against your training partners. An empty vessel has a lot of space for water.