The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Jiu Jitsu Students

Uncategorized Nov 29, 2016

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for most people can be described in one word: “overwhelming”. This is the primary reason why the VAST MAJORITY (almost 90%) of students never come back for their second class in most academies. If you refuse to live with yourself as a quitter and want to be the 1 in 10 who has the courage to continue, then here’s a few tips to help.

1. Taps happen. Learn to LOVE the feeling of being tapped. When you tap, you acknowledge an area where you can LEARN. This is why you study BJJ, to LEARN! A world class black belt once told me, a black belt is earned through 10,000 taps. SO GET TAPPING!

2. Tap early and give your opponents an opportunity to do the same. If you get hurt, both you and your training partner are at fault. Your goal in BJJ is not to beat your classmates. Your goal is to use your live training partner to improve YOUR BJJ.

3. Feeling claustrophobic is expected. When you are getting squished, realise it is a chance to BREATHE and stay calm to formulate an escape. Practice breathing into your lower abdomen as chances are your partner will be lying on your chest, so ‘belly breathe’ people!

4. Maximise your attributes. In order of importance, I would work on flexibility, cardio and then strength.

5. Roll with a goal. Always have a goal on what you want to achieve in the training session. If you are a new white belt, it might be to prevent a guard pass for a minute longer than last week or defend the submission for 30 seconds longer. 

6. Let go of the ego. Here’s a fact. No matter how strong or tough you think you are, if you have not trained in BJJ in a formal academy, you are probably going to get schooled by most decent white belts. Accept it and realise that in a few months YOU will be the one tapping ‘the tough guys’. 

7. Have fun. Be light-hearted and enjoy yourself. As long as you don’t quit, one day you will have a black belt tied around your waist. This usually takes 10+ years so do yourself a favour and enjoy the ride.


Coach Tom 


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