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From White Belt To Blue Belt

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After starting Jiu Jitsu, it is every noobie’s dream of going from white belt to blue belt. The journey of getting to your blue belt is a tough one. It’s one filled with both physical and mental obstacles, but the journey leads to a great return. And that return is your blue belt. While you should not be solely concerned with the color of your belt, it can give you a solid goal to work towards. But how will you go from white to blue? Here are some great tips that can help you on the road to blue belt.

           

After starting Jiu Jitsu, it is every noobie’s dream of going from white belt to blue belt. The journey of getting to your blue belt is a tough one. It’s one filled with both physical and mental obstacles, but the journey leads to a great return. And that return is your blue belt. While you should not be solely concerned with the color of your belt, it can give you a solid goal to work towards. But how will you go from white to blue? Here are some great tips that can help you on the road to blue belt.

            Go to class consistently. Honestly, this is probably the hardest part of getting to blue belt. You have to consistently show up to class. There are hundreds of excuses that I’ve heard before. You’re tired, you have to catch a movie, the weather is bad, etc, etc. Push the excuses to the side and get your butt to class. Learning the techniques and concepts that your teacher will show you will make you a better Jiu Jitsu student and will help get you to the next level.

Roll as much as you can. This closely relates to the first tip. After class, get your rolls in. Don’t roll once and call it quits. Get three or more rolls in a night. If there is an open mat, go there and get the mat time in. The more time you roll, the more you will get to figure out what style of player you are. Getting your A, B, and C games down will help you continue your Jiu Jitsu journey.

Don’t be afraid of tips from more advanced students. This is an all too common mistake made by white belts. Once they start to develop their game, they gain confidence which is positive! But some can gain an ego from it. When drilling or rolling with more advanced students/higher belts, listen to any helpful tips that they give. Don’t be the white belt who thinks that they do not need any advice on how to get better. Be open minded and use their tips to advance your skill set.

And possibly the most important tip, practice and master the fundamentals. If I have any tip that I would consider the most important, practice, practice and practice the fundamental techniques. Everyone wants to learn the fancy and flashy stuff. The leg locks, the rolling techniques and what not. Those techniques are great, but before you start expanding into that territory, master your basics. Learn the armbar from guard. Learn the cross collar choke from mount. Learn a sweep that you can get your opponents on their back with. Once you have your fundamentals down, the world will be your oyster.

Blue belt is a great accomplishment for those who dedicate their time to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It shows that have what it takes to move up the ladder and take in and in return, show knowledge. It might seem unattainable at times, but it is very possibly if you put in the time and hard work. Do what you can to make your game better.

A great set for noobies, is The Road To Blue Belt by Travis Lutter. Travis Lutter is a former UFC fighter and BJJ champ who focuses on the fundamentals. Check it out below!

Travis Lutter’s awesome DVD set, The Road To Blue Belt. (click link!)


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