For all the techniques that people show, share, expound on, there are some key things you need to remember when it comes to learning techniques (that will “change your life for forever”- or something of that nature).
- Do what works best for you. There are going to be certain sweeps, submissions, positions that just make sense and you are going to take to them like a fish to water. You’re going to find your groove, and not only is it natural, I think it’s something you should embrace.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things. While you find things that work the best for you, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore everything else and only work on the things you’re good at. How can you know what to add to your repertoire if you only do the same things over and over again?
- You don’t have to master everything, but you should at least be acquainted with them. This is related to the previous point, but it’s an important one. You are not required to master every single position in jiu jitsu- it would take several lifetimes to do so, and therefore kind of an unrealistic expectation. I would strongly encourage people to at least be familiar with the positions, sweeps and submissions so you’re not blindsided by them down the road.
- Have fun! This one is pretty self-explanatory, but I think in all of our effort to succeed in jiu jitsu, this one gets a little lost sometimes in the struggle to advance.
While these items are not the secret to success in ultimate mastery in jiu jitsu, at least it may make the journey a little easier.
Have a great day everyone!