Getting started in Jiu Jitsu
Article written by Laurynn Garcia; Mixed Martial Arts Athlete, Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
Beginning Jiu Jitsu
The first day I walked into Excel Jiu Jitsu was definitely my most memorable one. I was about 15 years old, and having a background already in Taekwondo, I thought Jiu Jitsu would be something fun to learn and incorporate into my martial arts background.
In my first class it felt like all the information being taken in had gone in one ear and out the other. Yes there were days I felt like I would never use any of the stuff they were teaching us, but I stuck to it.
I was determined to learn how to apply Jiu Jitsu to my body type and use the techniques properly instead of muscling everything. With practice, patience, and dedication I have developed my own style that works for me. I want to share with you a couple things to help those getting started on their Jiu Jitsu journey.
Have you ever seen those videos of bodybuilders or just some random guys walk into a Jiu Jitsu school challenging everyone to a grappling challenge and end up getting tapped out or choked? I cannot say that happens at every Jiu Jitsu school, but it is common to let your ego get the best of you even when you are new to the sport.
Jiu Jitsu is a team environment, and the team’s goal is to not hurt any of their teammates. You cannot let it frustrate you that the higher rank is more likely to tap you out.
Remember, it is not about how strong you are, it is about how you master the technical and accuracy aspects of Jiu Jitsu. That comes with time and practice.
Jiu Jitsu is not all about flying armbars and flying triangle chokes. You still need to learn how to build a strong Jiu Jitsu base by learning the fundamentals. Even after 5 years of training Jiu Jitsu I still believe the fundamentals are a huge part of any Jiu Jitsu practitioner’s game.
There is a saying we have in Jiu Jitsu, “position before submission.” Learn the fundamentals and soon you will develop an understanding of how each move can transition into another one. Remember it is your first time learning Jiu Jitsu so you most likely will not know everything on your first day. Take it one day at a time.
My goal is to ensure that any new students who walk through the doors at Excel have a great experience and enjoy the wonderful team environment from out Excel Family.
With these tips I hope I have encouraged someone out there to come in to Excel and try out one of our Jiu Jitsu classes.