The old expression “Practice Makes Perfect” has recently been amended to include “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”. This is to drive home the idea that the application of proper technique is essential to learning any new skill or craft correctly. What this doesn’t take into consideration is the learning curve involved, the inevitable mistakes made along the way, and the necessity of learning from them. This applies equally to the path of martial arts training, especially in technical arts such as Jiu Jitsu.
First, thank you for your interest in Jiu Jitsu. If you have decided to pursue training, there a couple of things to take into consideration:
–What are your goals? Are you interested in competing in Mixed Martial Arts tournaments? Are you interested in self-defense? Are you interested in fitness? Do you see Jiu Jitsu as a path to personal growth and development?
–How much time do you have to dedicate to study and training? Will this be an occasional pastime, or are you committed to being in the gym several times a week? Do you intend to take private instruction outside of class?
Once you have made your commitment to studying Jiu Jitsu, you will need to find qualified professional training. Web searches for “Jiu Jitsu” or “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” will find schools, gyms, clubs, and private instruction opportunities in your area. Your next step should be to find a reputable school:
–Find one that is close enough to you that you can travel to comfortably. Being too far away from your training facility can be a deterrent and can tempt some to skip training.
–Look at the reviews for the school and its instructors. What are their reputations online and in the community? What do the students say?
–Visit several schools and meet the instructors. Many offer free introductory classes. Get a feel for the pace and intensity of the training. Is it clean? Do they train safely? Are the instructors and students welcoming? Does the school fit your specific needs? Does it fit your budget?
Once you have chosen your school or gym, it’s time to get to work. You have an exciting journey ahead.
–One of the most important pieces of advice on how to learn Jiu Jitsu is to Be There. Be present in mind and body and be open to the training and learning the techniques. For people with existing martial arts training, the concept of “emptying your cup” applies here.
–Be Consistent. Make it a goal to attend at least 2 classes a week. The repetition of techniques helps develop muscle memory and refines your skills. You will be sore in the beginning. Allow your body to heal from obvious strain to prevent injury. With time you will gain flexibility, stamina, and muscle tone that will make the training easier and more rewarding.
–Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there is a technique or application that you need explanation for, find an appropriate time (that doesn’t interfere with class instruction) to approach an instructor. They should be more than willing to take the time with you.
–Spar or “roll” with people who are outside of your belt or rank, or may be larger and stronger, or smaller and weaker than you. Enter tournaments and competitions. There is something to be learned from everyone- and some may learn from you as well.
–Seek additional instruction and training opportunities. Many instructors offer private lessons. This one-on-one attention can broaden your understanding of techniques and applications.
–Enjoy the experience. Jiu Jitsu is an art that can provide a lifetime of fulfillment. Once you have achieved a higher belt or rank, your appreciation and understanding grows. There’s always something new to learn.
Is it time for you to begin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Visit the qualified and experienced instructors at Breakaway Jiu Jitsu in Newport News, VA. Begin your journey. Please contact us today at (757) 223-0373.Share