5 Tips for BJJ White Belts

Are you a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wonder how you can improve faster? Here are 5 essential tips for you!

1 Go To Class

This is a valuable tip for EVERYONE training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You will only improve if you actually show up to classes and train. There’s no way around it. But this tip is especially valuable for people who are just starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or have been a while belt for some time. We all know the gentle art can be quite frustrating and exhausting at times. But that’s not a reason to quit. Everything will be so much easier if you just show up regularly and learn. After a while you will get used to the struggle, you will learn techniques and at some point you will be able to properly execute these techniques and that’s one of the best feelings in the world.

2 Drill

Practice makes perfect. If you want to learn a skill, you need to practice it. And that’s what drilling is. Doing a certain technique over and over again until it becomes subconscious. I know, most people find drilling boring, but it is an essential part of learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There’s no point in learning 1000 techniques if you cannot properly execute a single one of them.

3 Roll

One thing especially beginners often don’t realise is how important it is to roll. It’s one thing to execute a learnt technique on a partner who is not resisting (like when drilling), but it is a whole different story when the other person is resisting – especially with full force – or is even trying to execute a certain technique on you. Just because you can in principle execute a technique perfectly, it doesn’t mean that you can apply it against an actual opponnent. And especially in real life altercations, your attacker will most probably try to hurt you and resist to every move you’re trying to make. So, be prepared and learn how to execute your techniques in these situations.

4 Actually try the techniques you are shown in class

Your professor most probably has a plan of which techniques he shows you and at what time in your development as a martial artist. So one simple trick to improve quickly is to use the techniques your professor shows you, to drill them and to apply them while rolling. There’s no point in learning a fancy flying technique if you cannot escape from side control…

5 Relax!

It’s not about winning, it’s about learning and improving. Even when rolling, you don’t have to win. You also don’t have to injure your training partner. And you don’t have to completely shut down your training partner’s game every round. Everyone wants to learn and to improve. But improving also means to be able to escape from situations you don’t want to be in and for that you might need to give your training partner a chance to put you into these positions. Furthermore, if you’re already physically stronger than your training partner, you might want to try to rely on your techniques and less on your strength. You will both benefit from that. Of course, when you’re training with more experienced people or are preparing for a competition it’s different, but here I am talking about your usual every day training.

Conclusion

You need to learn techniques, you need to drill them and then you need to learn to actually apply them against a resisting opponnent. And you need to be able to do that while being relaxed and loose. If you stick to these 5 essential tips, your Jiu Jitsu will improve drastically! But keep in mind: These 5 tips all work best when used together!

I know, most of these points seem pretty obvious, but there are still a lot of people who rather look up fancy techniques on the internet than going to class…

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