If you could offer ONE piece of advice for BJJ....

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Evenflow80, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Evenflow80

    Evenflow80 Green Belt

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    ... what would it be ?

    If you only had to choose one thing to say to someone that helped you a lot when you discovered it, what would it be ?
     
  2. Snorks

    Snorks White Belt

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    Keep track of what you do at every training. Whether it's a journal, blog or tattooed onto your wife's back., whatever works for you.
    Wish i had of done that when i first started.
     
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  3. Dirty Holt

    Dirty Holt Black Belt

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    Join a team that has legitimate competition success. In my 14 years in the sport, getting to black belt, I can say 100% that you will progress faster with a school who has multiple competitors than one with mainly hobbyists, even if you do not wish to compete.
     
  4. RyanR

    RyanR Black Belt

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    Show up to class. Repeat.
     
  5. fanboysareevil

    fanboysareevil Green Belt

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    By the time you get to purple belt, you'll know the "I have an extremely elevated chance of getting injured today" body feel. Actually listen to it.
     
  6. jimglynn

    jimglynn Orange Belt

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    Tap early to joint locks once its completely locked down. Don't wait until its about to break. Especially kimuras and americanas.
     
  7. jr jr

    jr jr Purple Belt

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    Agree.......even if it is 2 days a week. Just show up on those two days every week for 1,2,4,5...........20 years. You will watch as the "more dedicated" guys who are working 4/5 days a week get a new job, new girlfriend, new kid, new hobby, fall away.
     
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  8. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    Take ownership of your own improvement. As a white belt you can just show up to class and continually get better, but as you progress that becomes less and less the case. By purple belt, you should have specific positions and techniques you want to become expert at, and spend as much time as you can focusing on those. If you can arrange to drill and positional spar other good guys outside of class, do it. At most schools by the time you're a brown belt your coach will have taught you pretty much everything he knows so you better be directing your own research and development using your coach more as a reference to bounce things off of. You transition from an undergrad model (everyone shows up for lecture and hears the same thing) to a doctoral model (mostly self directed, intensely focused work using your coach as an advisor rather than expecting him to do all the work). Be ready.
     
  9. Matsukaze

    Matsukaze Blue Belt

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    It will consume you if you let it......Don't let it! Especially if you have a family, kids etc. You can't get that time away from them back so keep your priorities.
     
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    kpoz12 The No Life King Platinum Member

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    kjg1672 Purple Belt

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    Roll as slowly as possible when rolling with an upper belt. Unless he or she is an a-hole, the upper belt will match your pace and you will have a much better understanding of what is being done to you and why. Going 100 mph will just result in your getting subbed faster.
     
  12. mataleaos

    mataleaos Purple Belt

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    It's a ten minute video from Firas Zahabi (GSP's MMA coach and a black belt under John Danaher) but I would encourage any new or intermediate student to watch this:

     
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    Edison Carasio Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    mataleaos Purple Belt

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    Enjoy it. Life is short. All we're doing is basically an advanced version of say uncle, and it's just high level horseplay.

    I found that fretting over sparring or competition performance only made things more difficult. Try to love the process of improvement, and get on the mats with goal of learning and improving, and not of winning.

    It's a long road. So try to enjoy it.

    This doesn't apply as much if you wan to be a pro competitor obviously.
     
  15. BJ@LW&WW

    BJ@LW&WW Gold Belt

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    eaty trainy sleepy
     
  16. bjjaz

    bjjaz Got the Rock...Time to Roll

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    Haha, love that video.
     
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  17. Rod1

    Rod1 Titanium Belt

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    Lift weights.

    If you want to get fit through BJJ you are in for a lifetime of injuries and muscle imbalances.

    Specially the neck, you must train your neck.
     
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  18. Evenflow80

    Evenflow80 Green Belt

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    I have a buddy that does that. I don't know how you can put each step of a technique into words. Wish I can take a pic for every step!
     
  19. Evenflow80

    Evenflow80 Green Belt

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    Sadly in my gym there are only like 3 guys that compete regularly.
     
  20. Evenflow80

    Evenflow80 Green Belt

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    Yeah. I'm year and a half in and I've always showed up to minimum 4 days a week, but mostly 5 or even 6 days. I don't roll too much at end of each class (maybe 2 or 3 rolls) to avoid injury and fatigue.

    Debating whether to cut down to 4 days a week and spar more at end of class or keep the 5-6 day schedule
     

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