Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art that promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against an opponent who is bigger, stronger and heavier by using proper technique and leverage by closing the distance, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks or choke holds to defeat the opponent.
Most people don't realize how complex and challenging the first few months of Jiu Jitsu can be. Often times new practitioners get frustrated and down that everything is overwhelming in the first few months. Here are some important things to remember that will help you navigate this new endeavor and enjoy all that it has to offer!!!
LEARN THE BASIC DOJO ETTIQUITE
Simple things like bowing in and out of the mat space. Calling your Instructors either Coach (If they aren't Black Belts) or Professor if they are a black belt while on the mat, how to tie your belt (Here is a great instructional video) and how to line up properly (from highest rank at the far right to the lowest at the far left)
The magic number in Jiu Jitsu is 3. The first 3 times you learn something, it's not going to make sense. Your probably not going to remember it either. Take comfort in knowing that it's okay and normal. Typically after you see a technique 3 times you start to have some understanding and are able to retain some of that knowledge. Each time after that you will start to focus in on important details which will help when you are sparring to effectively execute the technique
DON'T DO TO MUCH TO SOON!
Jiu Jitsu is fun and exciting!! But take the first months slow. We recommend training 2-3 times a week with at least 1 rest day in between. If you do too much too quick, we tend to see the injury rate dramatically increase.
If you can do a good Hip Escape at the end of 3 months, you are on the path to a very successful Jiu Jitsu Journey!! I've done Jiu Jitsu for over 4 years and enjoy it more and more everyday! Professor JP has trained for over 22 years and still thinks about it all the time. There is always new things to learn or old techniques to revisit.Jiu Jitsu is about the lifestyle, so enjoy the new friends, the new skills and all the sweat you are shedding!!!
See you on the Mats!
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