So you’ve started, or are thinking of starting, your martial arts journey with Brazilian jiu jitsu? Exciting! While our classes can be taken for fun, self-defence, and for those thinking of competing, every journey comes with a certain amount of commitment as well as an expectation to accomplish something — like seeing your belt change colours.
Below, we’ve listed below some of the ways you can expect to help see more results in your jiu jitsu training:
SET SPECIFIC GOALS
Think ‘shopping list’. What’s the end goal? Think of what that might be and break it down to what you need to do to achieve this. How many classes should you aim for per week that is pragmatic and sustainable? What can help instil discipline to help you stick to this goal? Are there any areas you might be particularly struggling with? Generally, we recommend aiming for (at least) two classes a week for the first three months to start seeing results in class.
START SLOW, THINK FAST
Don’t throw yourself in without first knowing your own abilities. We don’t want injury to hold you back or reverse all that good work. Think tortoise and the hare style: “slow and steady wins the race”. Work to your strengths but keep an eye on your weaknesses. In order to reach your end goal, it’s more important that you think fast and not just move fast.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
It’s always helpful to bring a like-minded friend to assist in achieving personal goals. It just works! Having a friend to rely on can be motivational as well as aiding as a support system. It’s also good to think about bringing your buddy if you want to practice in your own time outside of the gym classes. Just add some mats and grapple!
TAKE THE DRILLING SERIOUS
You might not understand everything that’s going on all the time, but it helps to understand the why or purpose of something. This will help you to learn and that’s how we get better. Ask questions — get into it. The more you can keep your mind buzzing on technique, the more likely you are to attempt to act with precision and eventually get it right.
SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS ON HIGHER BELTS, EXPERIMENT WITH LOWER BELTS
We recommend a mixture of both higher and lower belts to grapple with. Higher belts, for starters, will normally have the skill and experience to grapple safely and efficiently. Apply what you know and find out where you might be weak in a certain technique. With the lower belts (or maybe just someone even newer than you), this is the perfect opportunity to experiment with newer techniques to try and build your game a bit more —it doesn’t always have to be a race to finish your opponent (outside of competition, of course).
Make it happen and get onto our 3-class trial today for just $39! No lock-in contracts!