Jiu-Jitsu Basics: Things You Must Need To Learn As A Beginner
The ‘Basics’ are everything if you ever dream of one day becoming a pro Jiu-Jitsu artist.
If you invest your time in learning all the basic skills and techniques associated with the sport, you’ll lay a pretty solid foundation for your grappling game.
These skills will help you easily learn the fundamental as well as advanced techniques as you continue with your training
So, what are these Jiu Jitsu Basics that you need to learn?
Join me in the post below as I take you through the 5 BJJ basics that experts agree you MUST to become a pro martial artist.
#1. Breath Control (staying relaxed)
One of the essential skills you’ll need to learn for a successful training journey in BJJ is breath control or staying relaxed.
It’s a well-known fact that your ability to perform any task is directly linked to your state of mind. And your mind state is directly connected to your breath.
If you breathe smoothly and evenly, you’ll preserve more energy while making your body lose and relaxed. And all your movements are also likely to go the same way.
If you start panting and gasping for air (quick, shallow breaths), you’ll end up depleting energy and creating tension in your body, and you’ll not stage a good fight.
Staying relaxed will help you preserve energy, make effortless and natural moves, and remain fully aware of all your partner moves.
An added advantage to concentrating on your breath is that it helps you control your ego. It’ll keep you off any self-talks that might distract you from focusing on drilling and sparring.
#2. Good Posture
All the BJJ experts will tell you that the worse your posture is, the more easily you’ll be swept or submit. This comes from the fact that submission attempt begins by trying to break an opponent’s stance.
Whenever you end up in your opponent’s closed guard, the first thing that should ring in your mind is establishing a stiff, upright posture.
You’ll also need to observe a good posture when practicing the Jiu-Jitsu stand up techniques. This is because leaning too forward can make it easy for your opponent to execute throws as well as take downs.
If you take time to learn good posture, you’ll note tremendous improvements in take down and submission defense.
#3. Pre-submission position
You’ll also need to learn how to establish a dominant position before making any submission attempt.
This is for the obvious reason— the more dominant a position you make, the more effective your submission attempt will become.
If you attempt to make a submission move before creating a dominant position, you might easily get swept or reversed.
Closely related to this skill is proper opponent control. This will further help you maintaining your dominant position, resulting in successful submission.
#4. Correct Gripping
Effective gripping is also crucial in enhancing your performance. That said, proper gripping involves three key components as outlined below:
- You’ll need stronger hands. Though your hands and fingers might become strong after an extended period of training, you can always accelerate the process by using the many grip-strengthening devices on the market today.
- You’ll also need to learn efficient gripping. If you grip your opponent’s clothing with too much strength, your forearms will get easily fatigued, and this will weaken your grip. Efficient gripping is vital!
- You’ll also need to know where you grip. You might have the strongest, most efficient grip on the planet, but if you don’t know the right places to grip, it’ll be of less help. Make sure you grip areas that give you sufficient leverage to help you achieve your objectives.
#5. Creating Mismatches
Finally, you’ll need to learn how to create mismatches. This will go a long way in helping you defeat stronger and bigger opponents.
The secret to creating a mismatch involves pitting your opponent’s weak body parts against your strong parts. A good example involves the arm bar submission technique which pits your entire body against your opponent’s arm. This creates an extreme mismatch that gives you an advantage over your opponent.
Another example involves the rear naked choke which is a contest between your entire upper body and your opponent’s neck.
Perfect the art of exploiting such anatomical mismatches if you want to accelerate your BJJ training curve.
These are the 5 top skills you’ll need to learn as a BJJ artist. If you invest enough time to learn about these few concepts, you’ll accelerate your learning curve, and you’ll get an even greater understanding of the martial art.
Good luck with your BJJ training!