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My First Day off Gi BJJ

    Fri, 2008-10-17 11:00 — BiGGinZ

    So last night was my first ever Gi BJJ class. I have a little bit of experience in No-Gi BJJ (1 month or so). I will say the first hurdle for me was trying to watch how everyone was putting their belt on, lol. I had my instructor show me but he did it so fast I still have no idea. (so if anyone has a video or something that would help). We did warm ups with one of our instructors Anthony Del Valle for about 30mins. Then we drilled 3 different techniques shown by our main instructor Jake Behney. Then came the live rolling. This is a beginners class so everyone is a white belt ranging from 1 month to however much experience. My first roll I got tapped with a collar choke, never using a Gi I had no idea that it was coming. But against the same opponent starting on knees facing each other there was a quick scramble in which I secured an anaconda choke. The next opponent I tapped with an armbar from guard, and a gogoplata from guard. He got me with an rnc after I gave up my back in a scramble. Next opponent got my back in a scramble also and tapped me with an rnc. I tapped him also going from omoplata that I didn't stop his roll so I rolled too and secured an armbar. I also started in each opponents guard, passed to side, and got the mount. All in all I had a great time. I have SO much to learn it is incredible. I had my collar grabbed so many times not knowing if I should defend it or if they were just trying to control me that way. But I am starting to do it twice a week so I am excited to learn. I am still doing no-gi twice a week also, same with Muay Thai and boxing. But it was great, just wanted to give my newbie account to my first experience with a Gi class.

    BiGGinZ

    cshudson's picture

    BiGGinZ;23381 wrote:
    next opponent I tapped with an armbar from guard, and a gogoplata from guard. He got me with an rnc after I gave up my back in a scramble. Next opponent got my back in a scramble also and tapped me with an rnc. I tapped him also going from omoplata that I didn't stop his roll so I rolled too and secured an armbar.
    BiGGinZ

    Only 1 month of No-GI???

    Good Job:confused: Just seems like more advanced submissions for someone with no experience.

    None the less, good job

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    Chewjitsu's picture

    BiGGinZ;23470 wrote:
    I had a private instructor if that makes a difference. Who was a Gracie Advanced Purple Belt under the Gracies for 7 years, and he did no-gi with Millenia back when they first started for 2 years I believe. He taught me alot of submissions but not too much on defense in that time. So that my major concern in class right now, that and just basics like where to place my head and how to and all that stuff. I have been interested in BJJ for a long time. Watching instructional, competition vids, reading anything I could for probably the past couple years. So that is wear I picked some stuff up. It isn't crisp by any means, needs a lot of work. But it's good enough to catch some other white belts in. Also I think I caught some of these moves because the other person may have not seen them before.

    Awesome man. I mean if your hitting those moves already and are the entrenched into watching grappling then you definitely have the right mindset for it. Just keep training hard and start competing!

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    Chewjitsu's picture

    hmm

    Eh competing is not bad. Yeah its 1 on 1 but I mean whats the worst thing that happens? You get tapped out, but the experience you get from it is great for helping you progress.

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    BiGGinZ;23527 wrote:
    True, what does everybody think? Should I start competing asap, or should I wait until I have trained for a certain amount of time?

    Compete bro.

    There will be competitors with more & less experience than u...and that will be when ur a white, blue, purple, brown, or black belt. Just the way it is.

    You will become a better BJJ practitioner for it. Good luck.

    And...What's up everybody? Its been a while.

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    DeltaSigChi4's picture

    The one thing I regret, besides all the periods that I decided to take off from training for whatever reason[s], is never having competed as a white belt. If I could go back, I would definitely start competing IMMEDIATELY as a novice, but I can't, so I just have to do my best learning from competition mistakes as a blue belt/intermediate.

    Start competing now if you can is my advice. Happy training!

    E

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    chernobyl kid's picture

    BiGGinZ;23527 wrote:
    True, what does everybody think? Should I start competing asap, or should I wait until I have trained for a certain amount of time?

    My opinion, start ASAP. You can only get better

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    LovatoJr's picture

    Keep it up. Training in the gi will make your Jiu-Jitsu much tighter.

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    chernobyl kid's picture

    BiGGinZ;23419 wrote:
    I would have to say it takes some getting used to like having to defend gi chokes, and certain things but I am enjoying it alot.

    It took me about two months to get used to the Gi. It doesn't bother me as much now, but it is a different experiance

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