Sep 13, 2011

Jiu Jitsu Newbie? Best 5 Tips for Your First BJJ Class

Oh yeah, also- I don't care how many times you've done it successfully in UFC Undisputed, DON'T try to flying armbar anyone on your first day. That's a good way to piss everyone off. 
Are you thinking of taking your first BJJ class? Don't worry too much. I have noticed over the years that Jiu Jitsu, along with Judo, tends to get practitioners to encourage newcomers with open arms, and F.N.G (F*cking New Guy) hate seems to be rare or at least only be a problem with low ranking students.

Of course, it's not impossible to get your fellow students annoyed with you, so I compiled a few tips that will make your experience much more enjoyable and productive, so here's the Best 5 Tips for Your First BJJ Class:

  1. Don't be spastic when sparring or practicing, even if you're frustrated. This makes stupid injuries much more likely.
  2. Tap early, tap often. Don't let your ego get in the way or learning. And you're not going to be learning diddly squat if you're sidelined from a hyperextended joint.
  3. Adding to the previous point, you ARE going to get choked and locked up, but use this time to develop good posture, keeping tight, elbows in, and hands off the mat if you're on top.
  4. Don't try to choke people while in the top guard position, and don't hold on to headlocks. Not only are these things really, really, ineffective, you're likely going to get armbarred.
  5. I feel silly having to add this last point, but it's necessary to remind some of more immature among us- leave your homophobia at the door. Some people get worried that BJJ looks gay, and think about the prodding (pun intended) their friends are going to give them over the guard position and terms like "rear mount." Believe me, when you're getting triangle choked, the fact that another man's balls are inches from your face is going to be the last of your worries. Priorities, man, priorities.

There's lots and lots more beginner's tips, but with those 5 up above, you should be ready to roll and learn. You can find all the instructionals and youtube videos you like, but until you actually get out there and train with resistance, it's just not the same, so have fun, and be safe.


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