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3 tips for beginners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a fun and exciting time but also very frustrating in the beginning. You will come to class with an open mind ready to learn but at the end of the day nothing will seem to click and you may even ask yourself why would I do this ?? That is all normal and everyone who does Jiu-Jitsu will experience this feeling at one point or another.

There are a few things you can do to help you have a smooth transition from Jiu-Jitsu newbie to actually feeling comfortable in any situation you will face on the mats. Let’s cover 3 things that will help you as a beginner in the amazing art/sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  1. Be Patient and Set Realistic Goals – No matter big and strong or small and weak you may be, you will not be submitting and tapping out more experienced Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the beginning. This can seem very frustrating at times especially when you learn an awesome new submission that you just KNOW you are are going to be tapping people out with left and right…. You see when your training partner has more experience than you do it will be hard to get them caught up in your “traps” and you will more than likely fall victim to one of their traps in the process. Do NOT let this frustrate you and understand that this all normal and part of the learning process. Just keep training keep learning and soon you will be the experienced Jiu-Jitsu person tapping out the new guy or girl !
  2. Avoid Information Overload – When you first start Jiu-Jitsu you will want an answer for every situation and will be looking online for any video or tip that you can find… this is ok but just avoid trying to learn so much at once and focus more of your time going to class and drilling on the mats. The only true way to get good at Jiu-Jitsu is mat time and proper drilling…. that is it… there is no secret technique will help you get better. You do need to know as much as possible but you need to drill and put mat time in the really make knowledge applicable.
  3. Be a good training partner – One thing I notice a lot of beginners do when they start to “roll” or “spar” is that they go 100% and try to prove themselves on the mat like it is a competition. Now I understand most beginners do not mean anything bad by this but rather just want to be accepted as a good “Jiu-Jitsu guy or girl” but if you do not slow down and try to apply the techniques that you have learned so far in class, you will be helping yourself or your training partner. I actually do not let brand new students roll right away until they at least have a good understanding of the most common positions in a grappling or ground fighting situation. I suggest you do the same at the start… try to understand what positions are best, how to protect yourself and escape from the bad situations and from there begin rolling lightly with a more experienced person until you get the swing of things.

The main thing is just NEVER GIVE UP … Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not easy but it can be the most rewarding thing in your life if you put the time, energy, focus and patience into your training. Talk to your instructor about setting goals and let him or her know what you are trying to get out of training. Enjoy the mats and train often… Never Quit

If you happen to be in Allentown or Bethlehem PA and want to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the only pure BJJ school in the area, please check us out at

ZOMBIE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

1268 N. Irving St,

Allentown, PA 18109