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.
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.
Foolish grappler! You didn’t think we’d only release ONE pair of new grappling spats now did you?
One of the most talked about and most controversial topics in the Jiu Jitsu world today is the thought of Jiu Jitsu becoming an Olympic sport. Of course, on the surface it seems like a no brainer with Judo and Wrestling (despite recent controversy) being included why not Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu is a close contact sport we all know that and we love nothing more than getting a good all out roll.
That 5 minute round when we can just forget everything and focus on our jiu jitsu.
But when we do this we do have to remember that we have a responsibility for our partner.
We know that we have to release when they tap, but there is a little more to it than that.
There are other people on the mat most of the time so we have to look after each others safety during this time.
With the 2015 IBJJF World Championship officially over it is indeed time to reflect on some of the matches and trends we saw.
This years Worlds provided a lot of controversy and a lot of interesting footage to go over and learn from.
We saw new champions remain dominant, old champions return to glory, the normal referee bias and horrible calls.
We say former teammates fight each other and we saw some dreams become reality and some dreams crushed.
While there is far more to talk about than I could ever hope to achieve in this short blog, I do want to cover some of the main things we can learn at a glimpse from this years world championship.
Why is BJJ in particular good for taking you back to your youth? For me personally it was the questioning and learning aspect that keeps your mind young. Children are always asking questions, trying to understand and discover new things.
We often think about jiu jitsu as an individual activity. It’s your time, and you are on your own individual journey. It is a martial art for self-defense and helps self-growth. However, jiu jitsu can also be defined as a team sport.
In the current BJJ culture new white belts are often amazed and saturated by the pretty and interesting new moves and developments in Jiu Jitsu. Often they will youtube these moves and try to bring them to class as if youtube was a sensai. However as many preach , in most cases it is wise for anyone with less than a year or two experience to stick with more basic techniques. There are three basic techniques that I think any new white belt (and all Jiu Jitsuka) should learn to master and own. These techniques may or may not be the ones you have in mind, but I will explain my reasoning as we continue.