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Any Advice for BJJ Newb?

    Wed, 2008-02-20 11:48 — BiGGinZ

    Okay everyone I am moving this week and am going to be starting BJJ with the Gi at United BJJ under Rommel Dunbar. I am also doing Muay Thai at another school with obvious plans of doing mma down the line. But I have always loved grappling and the classes I have attended. Im starting with the Gi because that seems to be where I can get the best instruction as a novice where I am located. I obviously want to try to develop a great ground game over time. Any advice on questions I should be asking at the start, what I should be focusing on, anything like that.

    BiGGinZ

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    dhubler's picture

    Tap often.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    hello,

    hey bigginz! long time! glad you will be training full time (or something close to it)!

    advice? tap often. dont be a hero. also, don't use much muscle. in a lot of cases, you might be able to use sheer power to stall but a couple things happen then.

    1- you get tired fast and this limits the effectiveness of your training.
    2- you get accustomed to forcing bad positions. you learn habits that will hinder you.
    3- you get tired fast and this sucks royally.

    as far as questions, try to ask your instructor for situational examples of techniques. in other words, you may understand (mechanically) how to perform a technique in isolation, but it helps if you can see what happens right before and right after.

    "master yoda, the arm-choke-calf-hook-sweep you showed us looks good, but noone seems to know when this will come up when we roll"

    "of course young padawan (geek check). you see this most often when your opponent is playing the xyz game and trying to attack the blah blah blah. typically the defender will try to counter with the way-out-back-side-boneless-slicer. so the whole situation looks something like this......"

    granted, not a real conversation likely to take place, but you get the idea. this will help you to think of the techniques as a connected whole instead of "just a bunch of moves". also, a principle, or force that might have escaped your notice will be explained or exposed in this manner.

    good luck to you and let us know how things go!

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    I can't give you info on Gi JJ but there are plenty of great people here for that. I have done MT for about 18 years. Keep your hands up and learn how to check a leg kick. Do not be afraid to throw your hands but stay in control, relax when sparring and stay humble.

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    LovatoJr's picture

    Listen to your instructor.

    Try not to be tight, just relax and feel the movements.

    Take notes.

    Ask questions.

    Have an open mind.

    Remember that tapping is a part of learning.

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    lucifer_z28's picture

    go from your back for the first 6 mo to a year it keeps you from becoming a fighter who is dependant on being on top...after you have a good idea of guard keep expanding on the positions you are good at...and watch videos
    and for competitions always have a stradegy if you go into a match without one your opponet is already one step ahead of you

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    lucifer_z28;19491 wrote:
    watch videos and for competitions always have a stradegy if you go into a match without one your opponet is already one step ahead of you

    hello,

    good advice for anyone luciferz28!

    thanks

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    BJJ_Enzo's picture

    While you are learning the positions, work on protecting your neck, not extending your arms, and keeping your balance. Also, there is no substitute for training. Try to spend much of your time rolling with people who are trying to make you better instead of people who are trying to beat you into the ground. When you "play" jiu-jitsu you will be able to try things and not be afraid of getting hurt. Additionally, don't be afraid of pain, but respect it.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    BiGGinZ;19523 wrote:
    Expanding on this should I try and roll with different people all the time at first? Should I try and roll with only white belts or brown/black? Also another question I have which may sound weird but I have done no gi grappling and I am very strong especially for my weight being a trainer. Is it wrong while trying to pull out of an armbar or triangle if I stand up and slam someone into the mat? Probably sounds like a crappy question but I am serious that was okay in the mma schools I attended and in no-gi. Because I am strong it is easy for me but I want to know so I dont do it off of reaction.

    BiGGinZ

    hello,

    actually, all of your questions here are linked. SURPRISE!!!

    absolutely use your strength. everyone needs to learn how strength works and does not work. just don't try to use it all the time. try to avoid slams, as they are hard to "regulate". you just don't know how it will affect a training partner. learn to use technique as well. there are a couple "power moves" that won't maim your teammates.

    work with EVERYONE. white, blue, purple, brown, black. you will get to see power and technique work in various ways. the different levels will demand that you work on different techniques and emphasize different situations and attributes. learn from EVERYONE.

    this will sound like lunacy, but at beginner level, losing/tapping is WAY more important than winning. tapping an opponent out is fun, no doubt, but you will learn much much more rolling with those who can beat you.

    nutshell version: roll with everyone you can convince to roll with you. learn from everything you can. drill moves with power and with technique to see/feel what works and what doesn't.

    thanks

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    BiGGinZ;19526 wrote:
    Thanks man

    hello,

    always welcome amigo!

    thanks

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