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Your first 3 months of Brazilian Jiujitsu

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by DanielIrish, May 8, 2008.

  1. DanielIrish

    DanielIrish White Belt

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    I've been training on and off now for about 3 months under Marcello Monteiro. I love it at times and at other times it frustrates the hell out of me. I plan on trying to go more often with the coming of summer because I feel like i'm getting better at times and then sometimes I feel like i've taken a step back and I'm not improving. Though just curious as to what everyone else's first couple of months training in brazilian jiujitsu were like.
     
  2. DirectDrive

    DirectDrive Black Belt

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    your training will always be peaks and valleys. you feel like you are kicking ass and then you feel like you can't do anything.
    it's all part of the game. even when you are in a slump you are still learning.
    the thing i didn't know, when i had been training for 3 motnhs, was how big a part of my life it would become. most of my good firends are jiu-jitsu players and my life is much better for it in many ways.
     
  3. Throatpoker

    Throatpoker Black Belt

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    I started out in early January, and after wanting to train this for such a long time, finally being able to do it is one of the best things that have happened to me. I suck major ass, and I'm getting tapped left and right by guys that came in much later than me, but I friggin' love this sport.
     
  4. ThinkGreen

    ThinkGreen Der √úbermensch

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    It's weird to think about when you first started and how differently you thought about Bjj and interpreted things. I think when I started I was focused more on "remembering" things rather than learning and understanding them, glad that's changed.
     
  5. BJJ Padawan

    BJJ Padawan White Belt

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    My first three months went by fast. My third month I was injured and sat out for a couple of weeks. I got tapped nearly every time I sparred. Over 8 months now since I started, I feels good now that I don't get tapped as often.
    I waited a long time for something like BJJ to come to my area. Now I think my instructor might leave next fall. Now I'm trying to listen and learn as much as I can just in case he does leave.
     
  6. birdbones

    birdbones Orange Belt

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    My buddy has a great analogy for learning bjj:

    It's like learning a new language. First you learn the words(the moves), then you learn how to make sentences(how the moves flow from one another), then you develop your own personal style... And of course your opponent is doing the same thing so when you compete, it's like arguing and seeing which man has the better argument. :)

    I started around 3 months ago too. I'm pretty mellow by nature so it's taking me a while to learn how to be aggressive. Even if you kinda suck(like me), you're still getting an awesome workout. I've already seen alot of positive changes in my life in this short amount of time.

    And remember that this is a long road, it requires alot of dedication to get ahead in rank.

    Good luck to you, stick with it.
     
  7. Myles Lynch

    Myles Lynch Guest

    yeah bro
     
  8. moochpb

    moochpb Orange Belt

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    I never wrestled before so I didnt know what the hell I was doing, however not wrestling helped my guard game....I ve been grappling for a year and 4 months just got my blue and it still frustrates me but try not to let it get to you...The more you tap the more you learn just be patient
     
  9. JudokaBJJ

    JudokaBJJ Orange Belt

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    Granted I've only trained for 4 months now I still have alot of learning to do.

    My first 3 months was pretty much getting tapped from everywhere. Armbar, triangle, guillotine, cradle choke. You name it i've been tapped by it. I think my 3rd month which was last month was pretty much an overload. I learned so much in lil time.

    I still tap but I really don't care. I learn new moves as I continue to study this art. In time I'll be ready to receive my blue belt when my professor knows I'm ready for it. For now, I know that I'm not ready for it.
     
  10. IrishBeatDown****

    IrishBeatDown**** Banned Banned

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    i'm not studdying BJJ but CSW instead but the experience is very similar because the styles are similar...

    that being said i am a pretty strong confident guy, i walked into the gym my first day feeling like johnny badass, i walked out feeling like little bo peep...

    in 6 months my cardio has improved tremendously(its amazing how much lifting alot of weight DOESN'T help your cardiovascular fitness)

    i am at that point in my training where alot of you were, the point where you know how to do an arm bar, triangle, americana etc... you know the mount, guard, butterfly etc...

    but in sparring your mind goes black and you get that ok so i am in his guard.... now what? half guard.... shit im on my back now what?

    so i am just training... and waiting for these things to start to become second nature.
     
  11. Drew Foster

    Drew Foster Silver Belt

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  12. jwalk2515

    jwalk2515 White Belt

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    Well I am on my first week. I rolled on the first night and definately look forward to the days when I not only know how they got me but what I could have done to prevent it. Right now I am a chew toy for the big dogs to play with.
     
  13. B3rserk3R

    B3rserk3R Brown Belt

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    I'm barely a month into and really hooked, but damn its frustrating sometimes. The days when I walk in and there aren't any other raw beginners, I know I'm going to get schooled, which is great because I'm learning but frustrating all the same. It's exactly like JWALK says. I feel like a chew toy.
     
  14. BJJ-guy

    BJJ-guy Blue Belt

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    First few months I didnt even want to go most of the time. I joined thinking Id go all the time and than Id be at work or home playing videos games and say to myself " i dont want to go do something i suck st and get my ass kicked" . I kept going anyways and eventually started to get better and enjoyed it. I love it now and go as much as I can.

    Unfortunetly now it's not my ego or lakc of effort and skill that stop me from going...it's my job,

    I have two gis and two gym bags and always keep one in my car so if I get out of work early ill make class.

    To anyone starting out and feeling intimidated and feels it's not something they'll ever learn....stick with it, you'll get better and come to love it.

    On the slip side, some guys just love it from day one, wether they suck or not
     
  15. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    First three months is the hardest time in many ways.

    I didnt start getting any taps until about 3 months in. I used to get my ass kicked by guys half my size, getting tapped left and right. I would train and then complain to my girl about how much I sucked lol. By 3 months, though, thats when the game started to slow down for me and I could tell what was going on while rolling. By 6 months, I was starting to finally learn jiujitsu.

    Stick with it, it pays off in the end.
     
  16. FLMikeATT

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    Like anaconda said, the first three months are basically tap city (that is, if you are rolling with senior whites and above), and it is indeed frustrating.

    Instead of getting angry at myself, I thought of it as a learning experience. I was addicted after the first week. After every class (even to this day) I think to myself, and go over what I did good, and what I could use improving. I'm always working on my weaknesses and trying to come up with better defenses and moves to use in the next class.

    I starting getting my first taps at about 3 - 3 1/2 months in. Mostly armbars from the guard on other newbies. After 6 months, I was getting more armbars, now mixed in with triangles and omoplatas (again, on other whites). I didn't start 'getting it' and becoming more well rounded until about a year of training.

    Jiu jitsu is a journey. There is never enough to learn. You should be learning something new every class. If not a new technique, then a new transition, sweep, escape, combination, etc.

    It's tempting to always go to your A game, but the best way to learn and improve (IMO), is to put yourself in bad positions, roll with and observe higher belts, and work on what you are worst at.

    Basically, be the opposite of bma_matt (sorry, couldn't resist).
     
  17. BobSacamano

    BobSacamano White Belt

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    I started in January. I still suck ass. I tap like it is going out of style. Newer guys come in and tap me. I don't care. I love it. I lost 30 pounds and I will never quit.
     
  18. dareseven

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    Keep training.

    There are days when you are going to want to quit. Ignore that as best as you can.

    The learning curve for BJJ is sheer vertical, as you are climbing out of a "tapping valley", but one day it will start to slope off. Then it turns into a flat area. After that are more peaks and more valleys.

    But steadily, you will progress.

    NOTHING in the world is better for your JJ than mat time.

    Don't.

    Give.

    Up.
     
  19. LordarshynBJJ

    LordarshynBJJ Blue Belt

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    My first three months I got schooled by all the white belts.

    Today I school the white belts.

    Stick with it. you learn by getting your ass kicked. I was addicted from day one.
     
  20. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    if you can arrange it, try and make all the classes that people can't usually make. such as early morning or afternoons. These classes are usually higher belts and a small group. It is the best environment to learn fast!
     

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