Unfortunately many people have many other priorities outside of the Jiu Jitsu Academy. I know , I know what a shame. These people may truly love Jiu Jitsu, but have poor time management or are simply overwhelmed by life and thus may only train 2-3x a week. For many of us training many days a week is so normal we look at these people as if they simply don’t love Jiu Jitsu the way we do, but in many cases they do. I want to talk about three crucial tips to increase what you get out of every class. Three ways to gain more.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very interesting and complex martial art to study. Many people study the art from all the corners of the world and with the diverse amount of exposure it gets there are also many misconceptions about what Jiu Jitsu really is and what it is not. Here are the top 4 misconceptions about Jiu Jitsu I here on a regular basis.
Many Jiu Jitsu athletes have come from other sport backgrounds and some even continue to enjoy other sports while being a bjj athlete. This is not a bad thing at all, but Jiu Jitsu is definitely better than any regular sports team. First I want to dispel the belief that Jiu Jitsu is a one on one sport. While this is true you are still part of a team and you have coaches and teammates just like every other sport. So here are the top reasons being part of a Jiu Jitsu team is better than being on any regular sports team.
If you hop into any academy across the world you will see that the people in the academy can be very different from one another. This can be in terms of age, race, profession and other various traits. What makes some BJJ Players very successful and others struggle more to progress? Why can some people progress to black belt in 6 years and other can take well over 10? Why can some players grab gold medal after gold medal while others have a hard time making it past the first round? There are a few main traits I believe separate the elite from the average in Jiu Jitsu.
When you first start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you may have many thoughts running through your head of what BJJ is and isn’t, what it can or can’t do for you, you already have ideas of this or that maybe, but as a beginner, I think it’s best to come in with a clean slate and no expectations.
Jiu Jitsu is an amazing martial art , not because it can make us “bad asses” or even because it gives us confidence. I believe Jiu Jitsu is amazing because it really changes everything for us. Once we begin to train we start to look at everything through the “Jiu Jitsu lens” The Jiu Jitsu lens is basically the mindset of Jiu Jitsu applied to other aspects of our life and this occurs for many BJJ practitioners. Jiu Jitsu changes the way we think about everything.
I really enjoyed being a kid: the first Star Wars movies and playing in the park with friends. Now I’m an adult (definitely not grown up!) I remember how good those times were. One thing I have realised recently though is that BJJ can give you some of that back. Yes BJJ can take you back to being a kid.
You’ve took the plunge and started training jiu jitsu. So now I bet you are wondering what you should be doing next to help with the journey. Here are a few things of my own and some more that others have recommended as tips for white belts.
As an avid competitor, I know for myself, sometimes, that I forget why I started Jiu Jitsu. We put our focus into our mental preparation for tournaments, supplemental training, dieting, etc. Then, when competition comes, we may beat ourselves up for a less than spectacular performance. We may fail to see the beauty in competing at all. Questioning ourselves on why we started jiu jitsu in the first place.
Or maybe, we start seeing promotions being handed out to others when we think we should deserve one, too. Or, maybe it’s a little simpler than that, it’s just not fun for us anymore.
Some addictions are toxic and destroy their hosts and yet some can be very beneficial to us as humans. One of these addictions that can be great is that of Jiu-Jitsu. There are many benefits to becoming addicted to the gentle art and almost no drawbacks.