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[–]Thebrownster71 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Having fun and trying to use what you learn in class. Don’t over complicate it.

[–]Professor_Whitebelt 30 points31 points  (11 children)

Surviving. I also just posted this is another thread for a guy who's also starting BJJ, and I believe in recycling.

BJJ is a bit of a rabbit hole, and you can choose how far down it you want to go.

For foundational instructionals, I recommend you watch;

Caio Terra - Modern Jiu Jitsu

Damian Maia - Science of Jiu Jitsu (1 & 2)

Saulo Ribeiro - Jiu Jitsu Revolution (1 & 2) + Freestyle Revolution

That'll give you a great foundation for Closed Guard, Half Guard, and attacking/escaping the mounts (Side Mount, Knee on Belly, Mount, Back Mount).

By the time you finish those, you can decide which rabbit hole you want to go down. A lot of submissions are connected to one degree or another, but usually you will find a technique that really resonates with you that you can build your game around.

You can build your game around submissions.

Like chokes (RNC, FRNC, Guillotine a, Guillotine e, Guillotine L, Guillotine x, Papercutters, arm triangles (such as Darces, Peruvian Neckties (aka darce 2.0) Anacondas, Kata Gatames, Ezekials). And then there's the chokes available with the gi (Loop Choke, Noose Choke, etc)

Or you can build your game around arm locks (Kimuras, Americanas, Baratoplatas, Omoplatas, Reverse Omoplatas, Armbars, Straight Armlocks, Wristlocks, Bicep Slicers, etc).

Or you can build your game around leglocks (Straight Ankle Locks, Toe Holds, Heelhooks, Kneebars, Calf Slicers, etc).

Or you can build your game around a particular guard & submisson, or a particular guard & sweep. (Open, Spider, Lasso, DLX (Double Leg X), SLX (Single Leg X), Butterfly, Koala, Shin to Shin, Sitting, DLR (De La Riva), Deep DLR, RDLR (Reverse De La Riva), Closed, Rubber, Williams, Inverted Williams, Half, Deep Half, Tornado, Coyote, Quarter, etc).

Or you can build your gameplan around getting to top and passing in a variety of ways (Perimeter Pass, Toreando, X-Pass, Double Overs, Double Unders, Over/Under, Kneeslice, Folding, Leg Drag, etc).

And then there's takedowns & clinches! And grips! Bleaaaargh.

You can choose one thing and be really, really good at it. You can choose a few things and be really good at them. You can choose a lot of things and be pretty good at them. You can combine any of the above in any way you want. Think of it as the ultimate video game!

Have fun and good luck!

[–]KeemaKingWhite Belt IIII 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Berimbolo is not a guard

[–]Mellor88Blue Belt II 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's correct. But it also seems a bit pedantic and useless pointing that out given the context of the above

[–]KeemaKingWhite Belt IIII 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Agreed. Sorry

[–]Professor_Whitebelt 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yeah, I think you're right. How would you classify it? It's in kind of a weird inversion/sweep area.

[–]KeemaKingWhite Belt IIII 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It’s a move. Like a sweep. A sweep that ends up in back or side mount top

[–]Professor_Whitebelt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fair enough - I took it out of my guard list. Thanks for the feedback!

[–]CanhotoBranco 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Don’t be the guy who is so scared of getting tapped that you never try anything and all you do is defend or stall.

[–]g-l-h-f 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Learn the standard defensive postures for each bad position.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Train as much as possible and focus on surving and escaping from positions. As you get better you’ll start understanding nuances of the various basic positions from which you can flow. I think the biggest key is just training as much as possible and not getting your ego in the way. There will always be that flutter when a guy about your size and about your experience level shows up on the mat. Focus should be the same. Don’t spazz.

The biggest thing is training as much as your body and time will allow.

[–]MWWarnerVA 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Surviving and removing all the muscle from your technique. Move slowly, be analytical, and above all be patient with yourself.

[–]helpmericksantorum 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would recommend familiarizing yourself with grips, escapes from side control, mount; how to turtle up well, and some basic sweeps (scissor, flower, hip bump)

[–]purchell53 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You signed a 1 yr agreement? Does anyone else find this odd?

Escapes. Lern how to stay safe and escape.

Learn how to consolidate the top position

[–]AsianHouseShrew 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You signed a 1 yr agreement? Does anyone else find this odd?

I did same..... and paid upfront (to get a better deal). Makes me committed!

[–]posthuman01Tampa Jiu Jitsu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did a 9 month contract where I pay month to month now that 9 months has come and gone for a while now lol.

[–]Belatorius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best advice I got was to focus on defense and sweeps. Seems to work so far

[–]graydonatvailPurple Belt II 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Survival first. How do you stop the submission from being setup, how to stop the finish. This will teach you more about submissions than trying them yourself. Next, escapes. Then sweeps. Then guard passing.

[–]realcorayBlue Belt II 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pick one thing after each class to work on, study go back to class and repeat.

[–]lanacapone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Defense, staying safe and having fun. If you must spare, target spare upper belts who are less likely to accidentally crank something. For the first first 3 weeks of stepping on the mats, I was trained to do nothing but shrimp....for 3 weeks. I understand that could be considered extreme in today’s jiu-jitsu world, but it has paid off in spades!

[–]billjackson0987 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Grips and grip breaks

[–]dunDunDUNNNWhite Belt II 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Get a journal and take notes. When you drill the techniques taught in class, focus on doing them slowly, going step by step, and executing them as perfectly as you can. When you spar positionally at the end of those classes, try to use the techniques you just learned since the movements should be fresh in your mind.

Don't be afraid to fail. You are going to get tapped constantly. When you do, just try to learn something or identify what you did wrong. Try not to make the same mistake again, but you inevitably will. Just taking the time to analyze what actually happened and learning from it is important.

Carefully moderate your definition of success. One week my entire goal was to not get triangled, since I'd been caught a number of times the week before. I got triangled once that week, but that was my professor who specializes in triangles (tall ass mother fucker). So for you, success might mean maintaining your closed guard for one round without getting passed, or maintaining side control on an opponent for one round, or not getting submitted for one round, or escaping a certain position like mount. The point is, make your goals specific, challenging, but not unrealistic. You are not going to armbar that 4 stripe blue belt that ezekiel choked the shit out of you last week, but it might be a realistic goal to spar with him again and survive. Just survive.

Finally, just have fun, make friends, and learn something new every day.

[–]rubic-ed; 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm training for a year now and I can tell that my focus tend to shift once in a while, just don't overcomplicate it at the white belt level. At the moment all I do is listen to my instructor and training partners and mostly focus on defence and how to apply pressure in certain situations (passing the guard).

[–]krav_kida[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a fellow white belt who started recently and rolls primarily with blue belts... Focus on survival. Don't hunt for submissions until you can survive.

[–]Battle__gear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Breathing, defending, learning. Not in any particular order.

[–]Majishin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This game is not about the number of techniques you know, but how well you know your techniques. At first, it's hard to know what to know... so I get your question.

Start a journal, try to remember all the details from class, and write them down, draw pictures, look at youtube for the same technique. Internalize. Get more details. Internalize. Black belts are doing the same technique that you are, but they have studied every detail.

Focus on a smaller number of techniques in the highest detail you can manage. What techniques? Too many to list, so just follow the flow of your classes, but do some research outside of class. But generally for lower belts: defense, position, submission - in that order.

You should be generally be focusing on defense for six months to a year or so, then positional control and guard passing for a year or so, then an abundance of submissions, then the whole picture in your unique way.

This information will come at you fast, and not in this order, so it's up to you to focus on where you are weak. The most important thing is to let go of your EGO. Everything gets better after that.

But let's be clear, the absolute bottom line best advice you will ever get is: SHOW UP. And then keep showing up.

[edited because words are hard]

[–]bozo78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  • Familiarising yourself with the basic positions and 1-2 escapes from each.

  • Familiarising yourself with basic-basic sweeps and guard passes.

  • Doing this to the point of not having to think about what goes where.

  • Writing stuff down.

  • Being consistent, week in, week out


[–]putt_puttesen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go to class, work what is being taught, hit open mat. Consistency is king!

[–]MaslerBBlue Belt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Focus on positioning, defense and survival. And remember "Position over Submission"

[–]i-wear-tapout-shirts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Focus on showing up for the entire year.

[–]hornypineappleWhite Belt I 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Getting out of shitty positions and having fun.

[–]_JantaFancy Stuff -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Basics of guard pull, basics of open guard and DLR and some berimbolo variations