BJJ Tips For Beginners You Need To Check Out

Jiu Jitsu is hard.

There are no quick fixes to being a good grappler, but a common question amongst grapplers is how to progress faster in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

It can take years to become proficient at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with an average length to black belt around 10 years.

In this post, I share some BJJ Tips for Beginners to supplement your BJJ knowledge and help you progress faster.

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Consistently turn up to class

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is hard, sometimes I just can’t be bothered to train, but I know that I will both enjoy the class and regret it if I don’t go.

It takes a particular type of person to attend class, knowing that they are about to be submitted and physically dominated.

While there are many things you can do to progress faster, the easiest way to improve is to get yourself on the mats. The only way to retain information in BJJ is to drill the position and then perform it on a resisting opponent.

If you can only attend class consistently twice a week, that’s still fantastic! In a couple of years, you will be a better fighter than 99% of the population. 

Always set yourself a training schedule that is realistic for your situation.

Strength & Conditioning

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BJJ is a physically demanding sport. Jiu-jitsu purists preach “technique beats strength”, and while this is true when fighting an untrained opponent, anyone who says strength doesn’t matter is a complete moron. 

Strength & Conditioning is often a limiting factor for grapplers. Fighters with poor conditioning will find themselves tiring early and may not be able to execute the technique correctly due to fatigue.

Running a basic strength and conditioning program alongside your training will reduce the risk of injuries and increase athletic performance.

Take Notes

Each technique in BJJ has many details key to performing the technique correctly. An experienced grappler will have remembered 100s of positions, submissions, and situations.

One way to retain the information quicker is to take notes while the information is fresh in your mind.

We recommend this BJJ notepad.

Grappling Subscription Service’s

One thing I love about BJJ is how there’s a growing number of subscription services and instructional available online. Grapplers can learn techniques directly from world champions and elite coaches.

Check out grappler’s guide, there are over 7000 videos, and there is a one-time payment for a lifetime membership

Instructionals are great to expand your jiu-jitsu knowledge and study techniques that are specific to your preferred style of grappling.

Yoga for Jiu-Jitsu

Over the last 3 months, I have been running the Yoga for BJJ program.

I’ve found I’m getting fewer injuries and find it easier to hit triangles from guard. Yoga is excellent for martial artists. Benefits include increased flexibility to reduced injuries, improved focus, and improved breathing.

There are loads of courses available explicitly designed for fighters I would recommend subscribing to “Yoga for BJJ”.

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Whilst there’s no substitute for attending class and training jiu-jitsu follow these BJJ Tips for beginners to progress faster. 

As a bare minimum, you should incorporate a basic strength routine and flexibility to improve performance and reduce the risk of injuries.

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Gareth Davies

I'm a martial arts competitor and enthusiast. Over the last 15 years, I have trained and competed in several martial arts. I live in Manchester U.K working as a strength & conditioning coach when I'm not travelling and exploring martial arts around the world.
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