Have you ever wondered why your Jiu-Jitsu skills are not getting better? Sometimes even the buddy next to you that started training later seems to be improving and you feel stuck? Everyone has its own learning pace, but don’t feel discouraged just yet – with some simple life and mind changes you will see improvements in no time.
1 – Focus on learning the basics
If you want to be a great jiu-jitsuka, you have to learn how to stick first to the basics. It doesn’t matter how awesome that flying armbar looks, if you don’t learn first how to go from A to B you will probably never reach perfection. Like in the old saying: “You have to learn how to walk before you can run”, don’t get ahead of yourself, stick to the basics.
2 – Be consistent with your training schedule
Showing up for training 5 times during one week and only 1 time in the week after will not help you to get better. Martial arts is about repetition, don’t rush the process but enjoy the journey. Be consistent while planning your lessons attendance, progress will present itself.
3 – Repeat, repeat and repeat
Have we already said repeat? YES, as boring as it may sound, repetition is the key to perfection. You have to ask yourself, what kind of jiu-jitsuka you want to be: good or great? To achieve greatness there is no way around but working hard. There are two types of black belts – the ones who trained a certain amount of years necessary to obtain the belt and the REAL black belts who trained hard day after day, year after year and EARNED their black belts. It’s entirely up to you to choose which of the two you want to be.
4 – Learn from everyone
We all have that training partner that we love to train with. That’s great, but if you only fight repeatedly the same opponent how is this supposed to make your jiu-jitsu skills better? If you stick to one training partner, after a while you’ll know each other’s “game” and it will be no longer challenging. That’s why it’s important to from time to time give it a go with another team mate.
5 – Think outside the ‘box’
What you do outside of the dojo is as important as what you do inside. Being a good martial artist or a good athlete is beyond the enclosed doors of your training school. Simple things such as taking care of your diet, going for a run to improve your cardiorespiratory system, taking care of your mental health and simply being a good person will reflect in what you do in the training. It’s not only the body but also the mind that will keep you going.
If you follow these simple but efficient tips, you will see your jiu-jitsu skills improve with no hustle.
See you on the mats!
Leonis Ju Jitsu Club