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How To Get Better Quickly As A White Belt
What Every Beginner Should Focus On In BJJ
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be a little overwhelming when you are just starting out. The first time you experience a live roll it feels like pure chaos. Arms and legs and flying everywhere, you’re sweating and out of breath like never before, you have no idea how to defend yourself, and your training partner seems to tap you with ease. Get a few more months of training in, and suddenly the chaos of a live roll starts to become a bit more familiar and you are no longer the new student in class.
There is so much to focus on as a beginner in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Every class is a new experience as you are introduced to a variety of concepts and techniques. But what should your focus actually be on as a new BJJ player? Today we are going to explore that and more with 5x World Champion Bernardo Faria. Bernardo has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since the age of 14. He is a world renowned competitor and has now taken on the mission to share some of the lessons, techniques, experiences and more that he has learned along his 16 years and counting as a BJJ student, teacher and world class competitor. Check out the video below!
In Bernardo’s opinion, a beginner should focus on the fundamental techniques for at least a year. Things like posture in closed guard, how to open closed guard, some basic sweeps, and some basic submissions such as arm bar and triangle, escaping from side control – these are the things that will make a huge difference in your jiu jitsu in the future. By focusing on the details that make fundamental techniques work you will establish a strong foundation of jiu jitsu. By drilling the fundamentals you will develop a well rounded game. If you have good fundamentals you can learn anything you want.
Bernardo Faria is known as one of the best teachers for all levels of Jiu Jitsu because all of his techniques require no strength, speed or flexibilty. His Jiu Jitsu Foundations DVD shows you how to learn simple concepts and approaches that will make your jiu jitsu game scary.
At the end of the day, basics are what wins. If you are just starting in BJJ, your understanding and mastery of the basics are what will dictate your whole journey. If you are far down the road: blue belt or beyond, you may have missed a few steps and that could be what is causing you to struggle. You may need to relearn few things.