10 Tips for white belts

Check out Ivan’s top ten tips to help guide you through your BJJ Journey.

1 – Learn how your body works. Good posture, controlled breathing, creating frames and having a strong core can make your BJJ journey easier


2 – In Jiu-Jitsu the strength does not last forever, to rely on it is to limit your potential. Instead learn to create frames that stop your opponent from advancing that allow you to move yourself into a better position


3 – Before you sweep an opponent in your guard, try to make them work and tire them out


4 – Training with teammates as hard as you can will make you tough, but not necessarily make you a more technical practicioner


5 – Competing in Jiu-Jitsu is for some; Jiu-Jitsu training is for everyone. So, don’t compete against your training partners learn with them


6 – Good Jiu-Jitsu is to always be a step ahead of your opponent.


7 – Jiu-Jitsu is about details.It is common for a white belt to observe a technique and forget several details when repeating it and think it doesn’t work. Drill as repetition is the mother of all skills and the base of a good white belt.


8 – Jiu-Jitsu  is not a matter of winning or losing in practice. The important thing to focus on in the academy is to see if you understand when it’s the right time to defend and attack.


9 – In Jiu-Jitsu, you always need to have options. You can’t have only one plan. Lean the art of maneuvering around your opponent to present options.


10 – In Jiu jitsu, as in life, everything you do should always be aimed at quality, not quantity.