As you’ve probably discovered through previous blogs on my site, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not just a sport. The Martial Art is much more than training a few times a week. When you join a gym and begin training it changes your perspective on life. Having been a part of the BJJ family since the age of 16, I have learned a great deal about not only myself but the entire BJJ community. Anyone who has spent time training in Jiu-Jitsu can tell you that there are a certain set of ethics and unspoken rules. For those interested in taking on BJJ or if you are just starting your training, make sure you have a conversation with an expert. Anyone who has begun training with me has learned my 5 keys to a successful BJJ career.
- Leave your ego at the door. Everyone who submits you has been submitted hundreds, maybe thousands of times before. It’s how we learn and get better and is nothing to be ashamed of. You’re a white belt you are going to tap out….a lot.
- Repetition, repetition, repetition. As you advance in the sport you will find yourself practicing the same sequences over and over again. The only way you are going to get better is to have a firm grasp on the basics.
- Feel free to ask questions about the technique. The more you ask and understand, the better. But be mindful of the fact that you won’t learn it all in one day and a good instructor will have a curriculum or class plan that he or she wants to cover. Keeping the class on topic and on task is part of his or her job.
- Fundamentals are key to learning everything in the future of your Jiu-Jitsu journey. Don’t worry about learning the coolest flying triangle set up. Stick to the basics. Everything stems from a good understanding of them.
- Position before submission. Learn to control and be competent with the positions and a solid base (Jiu-Jitsu term for balance and stability) before you worry about submitting your opponent. When you are new survival is the goal and owning the fundamentals of position can help you immensely and lead to more technical attacks when you are ready.
When you begin a new journey in life, you need to be open to the fact that you don’t know everything and likely won’t for some time. Being a humble and patient student is key, especially when it comes to mastering the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.