Sharing some quick tips to help brand new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) trainees enjoy the first steps into the BJJ world.
Below are some resources to expand on the quick tips provided in this episode. I hope this helps all of you that are thinking about trying a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) class or are in the very early stages of your training or introductory program.
Tips to help you get started in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ):
- Think more of yourself: You signed up and showed up for one of the most difficult sports/martial arts there is. Feel confident in that.
- Study the positions: Do some quick research on the internet and @youtube to see what the basic positions of BJJ are. Seeing these will help early on as you hear the terms in class.
- “The first 5 positions every bjj white belt should learn” from Jedi Does Jiu Jitsu
- Pay attention to the connection of the warm ups and live rolling: Shrimping, crawling singles, side stepping around the mat and standing in base all have direct correlation and application during live rounds. It helps to study others as you see these and other warm up or drill movements used on the mats.
- No free grips!: A good collar grip can control an opponent very well. It is one of my favorite moves to use in BJJ. Conversely, it is also something I fight off as much as possible. When someone gets a grip on our collar or sleeves, we should get it off of us.
- Frame, frame, frame!: Do you best not to get passively crushed. Work to get frames under your opponent’s neck and on their hips.
The tips above were shared with me along the way and are areas I try to focus on today at 1 year as a BJJ Blue Belt and with 3 years as a BJJ practitioner. Congratulations for taking the first step into the BJJ world.
Stay safe, wash your hands and Godspeed,
Kevin Pannell, PMP, Creator & Host, ‘People, Process, Progress’ podcast
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