Getting back into BJJ after 18 months.

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  1. Fumbles

    Fumbles Yellow Belt

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    Before I had been consistently training for a year and a half as well and then stopped going because life. Well a lot of things have changed, for better or worse, but luckily a bonus is I have the chance to get back into it. I'm just gonna jump right back in but I feel rusty as hell. Any tips to shake off the rust a little faster from those with similar experiences?
     
  2. Dogstarman

    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    Just get back in there and maintain a positive attitude. Get you nutrition right and keep at it.
     
  3. Allan san

    Allan san Green Belt

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    baptism by fire. It'll burn the rust right off in 3-6 months, maybe even less depending on how talented you are
     
  4. Rico

    Rico Franklin Platinum Member

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    Keep going. It took 2-3 months or so after a four year hiatus for me to feel comfortable. Another couple before I wasn't "ashamed" of my belt color. Don't let not instantly getting it back bring you down. Just train.
     
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    Gumbi_guard Green Belt

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    Any time in the past ive taken a few months off, ive felt BETTER when ive returned (renewed love for the art, I supoose)
    It's important to not make excuses/blame the mat rust, and just train normally. Youll find your groove pretty quickly
     
  6. Fumbles

    Fumbles Yellow Belt

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    This rings true for me. I wasn't a blue belt long when I left but I was a blue belt. I feel like I'll be a white belt all over again. It almost feels wrong to go back in wearing a blue belt.



    Motivation's never been an issue for me. I enjoy it deeply and its hard for me to get discouraged because every opportunity is a chance to learn. Life circumstances prevented me training and they've changed so I can get back into it regularly again.

    Thank you and everyone that has posted here for your thoughts. Specific tips help but encouragement is just as good. I'll jump back in and keep going.
     
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    Rico Franklin Platinum Member

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    I was a purple. The worst part is your mind knowing what your supposed to do but your body not responding...And gassing, lots of gassing. I was a legit purple belt for about the first 30 seconds of every roll when I first came back lol. It comes back slowly but before you know it..you're there.

    What really sucks id's I'm gonna have to quit again for a while here pretty soon. For a great reason but still sucks nonetheless.
     
  8. Fumbles

    Fumbles Yellow Belt

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    Yea my conditioning is pretty **** right now. Hope I can make it to the end of class without needing to just give them a tap haha.

    Will you have to stop for a long time?
     
  9. Rico

    Rico Franklin Platinum Member

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    Depends...I got another little Rico on the way. The wifey has always been supportive of the BJJ but my children is literally the only thing I wouldn't sacrifice for it...as far as quality time. I stretched thin as it is with an extremely active 8yo with his own grappling career lol.
     
  10. Fumbles

    Fumbles Yellow Belt

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    Congratulations! Soon they can be your sparring partners. :] Maybe you could go to an open mat couple times a month just to scratch the itch and help keep rust off? No idea how it is raising a kid lol.
     
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    Rico Franklin Platinum Member

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    Babies are rough. And I actually have a mini gym in my basement and a few guys from the gym that already come over. Still don't know if I'll have time.

    I wrestled for a long time through school so I get to "home-coach" my son now. Kids a beast
     
  12. Fumbles

    Fumbles Yellow Belt

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    Be sure to post a vid of his first tournament. How long has he been training?
     
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    Rico Franklin Platinum Member

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    He's had his first wrestling tourney last year. And he chooses what he wants to compete in on his own volition though wrestling is what I'd like him to stick with.

    Wrestling taught me my work ethic, toughness and a lot about life in general. Bjj can wait...

    Also, I don't put my kids on the internet or I would gladly post it. He went 8-1 last year.
     
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    BJJ NINJA Turtle Power

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    Do your thing man, train hard, have fun.
     
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    I took a year off BJJ once due to a nasty chest injury and the day I got back on the mats I remember not even trying to tap anyone. Just trying to defend, breath easy and get back into the swing of the endurance aspect of rolling. Took me about 2 months to really shake the rust off but after that my cardio was back and skills started to improve rapidly. Good luck.
     
  16. drivesrf

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    Let me know how it goes. Same boat ,I had just gotten my blue belt a month prior to stopping. To top it off I moved to a new state so I'd have to go to a new school! I want to get back into it so bad but I'm nervous about going back, and I'm only out about 5 months.
     
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    drivesrf White Belt

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    Getting the nerve to try out a new school after a hiatus is the worst! Ugh
     
  18. dizzydean

    dizzydean Blue Belt

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    Just get in there but expect to get tapped by everybody lol. You'll regain your timing, endurance, muscle memory eventually.
     

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