Moving To Purple Belt…Some Advice
Moving up to purple belt from blue belt can be a tough one. White belt to blue belt is the most often discussed belt move, but blue belt to purple can be a frustrating one. You will spend quite some time at blue belt. This is where a serious chunk of your game will evolve and improve. It is also the level where you will feel both dominant and lousy at the same time. This time will be an excellent and beneficial time for you as a Jiu Jitsu student and competitor. Here is some advice that I can give you, looking back as my time as a blue who finally was promoted to a purple belt…
Expand your game
This is the prime time to expand your game. For me, I was mainly a closed guard player and a leg locker. While I really did soar in those areas, I knew that I shouldn’t only rely on those areas. So I started to seriously expand my own Jiu Jitsu. I started playing with X Guard, Butterfly Guard and started playing more top positions. This was such a positive thing. I was able to (and still am) hone my skills against lower belts in sparring and then started implementing these changes during sparring against higher ranks. It really helped solidify my skills.
Roll under different rules
Most places will roll under IBJJF style rules. And if you want to solely compete for the IBJFF, then that would be best. But if you want to understand the totality of Jiu Jitsu, you will need to roll under different rules. Do rounds of EBI rules. Play with the sub only rule set. Sub only rule sets helped me understand the importance of the finish and most of all, it injected more fun into sparring.
Don’t kill the white belts
While white belts can be fun to practice your new skills on, they can also be used to practice getting out of bad positions. You have to implement your new skills on white belts, but you don’t have to always. And you also don’t have to try and destroy them either. Let some white belts get a dominant position on you and work your escapes. It will help with the defensive end of your game. And believe it or not, that is quite an important aspect of Jiu Jitsu.
Compete as much as you can
I cannot stress how important this is. While you will compete against both lower and higher ranking Jiu Jitsu students in your gym, you need to compete to see those with different games. Your training partners will know your game backwards and front. By competing, you will be going against those who are your same rank, but have no clue on what you can do. You will be able to see where your own skills are at by competing. It will help you get the understanding of Jiu Jitsu so much more.
Moving from blue belt to purple belt will be a long journey, but you will learn so much,. You will really find out what works best for you and you will be able to get a glimpse in how you will roll later on in your Jiu Jitsu journey. One excellent resource for the mid belt level competitor is…