5 Tips for White Belts to improve faster in Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ White Belt Tips
BJJ White Belt Tips

5 Tips for White Belts to improve faster in Jiu-Jitsu

5 Tips for White Belts to

improve faster in Jiu-Jitsu

Let’s face it, learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not an easy task and to be honest the learning NEVER ends. One thing for sure though is that White belts have the toughest phase of the learning curve because every position and every technique is foreign, challenging and often confusing.

I decided to write this article to give any of you white belts and beginners a few things that will help you learn faster and hopefully stick through what is likely to be the toughest part of your Jiu-Jitsu journey.

I feel that if you can get past White belt and well into your Blue or Purple Belt that most of you will end up making Jiu-Jitsu a lifestyle and continue training for the rest of your life. The hard part is getting through the White belt phase or the first couple years of training.

So here are five tips for white belts to improve faster in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  1. Train on a consistent bases

It is so important to train consistently and not take breaks off of training. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to train 7 days a week or be on a weight loss supplement 24/7. I am saying to make it a goal to train consistently whether that be  2- 3-4 or more days per week. (2 is the minimum). But make yourself go to class every week no matter what. When you first start Jiu-Jitsu your body will be sore and tired, you will feel fatigued some days. However, you have to tell yourself that this is normal and push through the uncomfortable and unfamiliar soreness that you will surely experience at least once every week.

       2. Ask one REAL question every class (don’t be afraid to speak up)

Make it a goal to walk out of every class with at least one new thing that you TRULY understand and can add in to your Jiu Jitsu arsenal. If you just go to class and go through the movements without any thought or without any real focus then you will probably learn a little but your learning will not be as efficient and effective as it could be. Try to truly understand Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and what it is.

I highly recommend downloading a free copy of Stephen Kesting BJJ Roadmap for beginners book here.

      3. Try Entering Competitions Early

I often hear white belts saying that they want to compete but they want to wait a little longer or wait until they are Blue Belt. I have to disagree with wanting to wait to compete.

You should try to get as much experience as early on as possible because at white belt there really is no pressure and it is all about learning. (of course every belt is about learning but at white belt there is no pressure to win anything).

Would you rather be the Blue belt who competed 15 or 20 times at White Belt or The Blue Belt who is entering his or her very first competition because you wanted to wait until you were ready ? Get the experience at white belt and watch your technical skills improve leaps and bounds over your peers.

      4. Study outside of class

I know a lot of Jiu-Jitsu coaches discourage their students from studying any other Jiu-Jitsu videos or “YouTube” techniques outside of class but I strongly disagree with that idea. Now I understand there is a lot of crap out there and poor techniques floating all over the internet. However, there is also a ton of gold and valuable resources that will help you learn and expand your Jiu-Jitsu knowledge 10X faster than if you chose not to study in your off time.

As a Jiu-Jitsu coach instead of telling your white belts not to watch YouTube… Give them guidance on what is good material and what to avoid. With that said here are a few resources that have EXCELLENT material for you to study all the way from White to Black Belt.


     5. Do Positional Training/Sparring

Anytime you learn a new position such as the Spider Guard or Butterfly Guard or ANYTHING… Make sure to get a few rounds of rolling just from that position.

Even if what you are learning is not your “A-Game” make sure to spar from the new positions to make sure that you retain what you learn and that you become sharp from that position.

I see a lot of white belts afraid to open their guard because they do not want to get passed. By training with your guard open in the spider guard, De la Riva guard, butterfly guard etc… you will become more and more comfortable with each new position and you will start to see your entire game improve leaps and bounds!

I hope you enjoyed the article and found a few things that can you along the way in your Jiu-Jitsu journey… No matter what just never give up. You will find days and weeks where you are tired and maybe even feel burned out but I promise you that if you stick with it, Jiu-Jitsu will change your life… Keep Rolling!


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Why training Jiu-Jitsu in a Gi is a must !


Why Training Jiu-Jitsu in a Gi is a must to be the best grappler possible

There is always someone who will ask “why do I need to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a Gi when I will never where a Gi on the streets”.

After getting that question so many times, I have decided to answer that question with some logic behind my answer instead of just saying “Because the best grapplers do”.

I want you to imagine a hard training session without the Gi… You are sweaty, your opponent is sweaty and there is a lot of fast paced action without any “handles” to grab onto. The fact is, if you get caught in an armlock there is a good chance that you can rip out of it with “speed and sweat” and not a whole lot of technique required. (With that said I understand that many time you can NOT just rip out of a submission but the chances are MUCH higher without the Gi).

Now, Imagine the exact same training session but WITH the Gi on. When you get caught in an armlock or a submission the Gi creates friction and slows you down from being able to “explode out”. On top of that, there is more grips for your training partner to grab onto and not allow you to use your speed and explosiveness. So you have no other choice than to have PERFECT TECHNIQUE to escape the armbar or submission hold.

That is what the training with the Gi allows (slowing the pace and perfecting the technique). I will also argue that training in the Gi will allow you to develop more balance and a better base. You see, when you can learn to stop a ton of technical sweeps from advanced guard positions like the spider guard, de la riva guard and leg lasso positions then you will have a much easier time when you go train “No Gi” and your training partner or opponent does not have those grips to use against you.

NOW ON THE FLIP SIDE…. I will also say that you MUST train without the Gi as well. Here is why….

For the same reason that sweat will allow your training partner to escape easily, it will FORCE you to make sure you have everything tight and “technically correct” so that your partner can not escape by exploding out.

The fact is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is very effective and at the same time VERY technical and it takes a long time to get “good”. To be the very best Grappler you MUST train in the Gi and also train without the Gi.

As a beginner I would put 90% of my focus on Gi training because it does slow things down and allow you to truly grasp the technical aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, the most important thing is to just be on the mats as much as possible, train with a good and technical instructor, surround yourself with great people who all strive for the same technical perfection that you do and most of all have fun.

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