Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, or combat sport, that uses grappling techniques such as throws and takedowns to gain a dominant position. It’s traditionally practiced by the Gracie family in Brazil. Even though it’s not just about “fighting” as much as it is about learning how to get out of situations where you may be at a disadvantage—whether that’s in a real fight or even just a street fight. If you’re new to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or BJJ), you’ll want to know what exactly goes into training for this incredible martial art!
Get a gi and belt.
The next step is to get a gi and belt. A gi is the uniform of your martial arts school, and it’s worn by everyone who trains there. It’s like your “uniform”—you can wear it all day long, just as you might wear a T-shirt on an average day out of the house.
Why should you get one? Well, first off: because they’re awesome! Second off: because they help keep you safe when sparring with other people (and also protect against injury). Third off: if nothing else works out at first try teaching yourself how to effectively use your techniques without wearing any protective gear at all until then (although we don’t recommend this unless absolutely necessary).
Attend a few classes.
When you first start training, it’s important to attend a few classes before you commit to joining the academy. This can be done in any gym that teaches BJJ and offers instruction on a regular basis. The instructor will likely have some sort of introductory class where they teach basic moves and techniques, which is great because this gives you an idea of what type of atmosphere they have at their school. You should also get a feel for whether or not this place is right for your needs as well as how things are run there (e.g. if there are lots of people who show up regularly).
When attending classes at a new location like this, try not only checking out the instructor but also other students who may be around during your visit—this can help make sure everyone feels comfortable when it comes time for rolling! Make sure that all parties involved know exactly what expectations should be placed upon them; sometimes people will come into new environments thinking that everything needs fixing immediately but end up feeling frustrated later down the line when nothing goes according to plan due simply because no one told them otherwise beforehand!
Train at home.
You can train at home. It’s the most convenient way to get your jiu-jitsu in, and there are plenty of benefits: you can use your own equipment, music, and clothes; you don’t need to worry about having a partner who is also there with you (or not); it will work out best if you want or need to do other things while training but still have access to the gym area. But there are some drawbacks too! First off, every time I go into my room and turn on my computer screen—the one thing that gets me into jiu-jitsu mode more than anything else—I have this sudden urge to shut everything down immediately so I can go back out into the world outside again after just 10 minutes or so of sitting quietly in front of my laptop screen.”
Learn a few key moves.
If you want to be a great BJJ practitioner, learning the key moves is an essential part of your training. Here’s what you need to know:
- The basic technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is called the “choke.” Chokes are used by both experts and beginners alike for self-defense purposes and are particularly useful when attacking someone who’s on top of you. They can also be applied from the bottom position if necessary!
- There are many different types of chokes available in BJJ—but don’t worry; mastering just two will give you more than enough opportunity for success against your opponents (and even yourself). The first choke I’d recommend learning is known as “Plata” (silver). This involves grabbing their gi jacket with both hands around at least one sleeve, then twisting until they’re forced onto their backside where they’ll have trouble getting away from it due to being stuck between two points: one being their shoulder blades which should be pressed firmly into place while still keeping control over them using leverage from other parts such as arms/hands etcetera…
Master the armbar.
The armbar is a very powerful move that can be used to submit an opponent in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s also a great move for groundfighting, especially against someone with a lower level of experience.
The first step is to get your arms around the opponent’s neck and apply pressure on his or her triceps and biceps muscles with both hands while bringing them together behind your back. This will make it difficult for him/her to resist as you try pushing forward with all your might until finally pulling their arm outwards at which point you’ll look like this:
Find an instructor who you can trust.
The first thing you should do when choosing an kioto instructor is found one who is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. They should have experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and be able to help you reach your goals. When choosing a new instructor, you want to make sure they are a good match for you. If the person seems like he or she would be difficult to work with or doesn’t have time for training sessions then it may not be worth it for them to help guide your development as a grappler!
Sit down with your instructor to lay out a plan for training.
- What is the instructor’s training philosophy?
- How often should you train?
- What are the best times to train?
- What is the best way to train for your goals and weaknesses, as well as your strengths?
Make sure your instructor can help you reach your goals.
- Choose an instructor who has experience in your specific goals.
- Choose an instructor who is a good fit for you.
- Choose an instructor who can help you reach your goals.
- Choose an instructor who can help you reach your goals in a safe way.
Be polite and respectful to everyone in the gym.
There are many things that you can do to make your gym a better place. Here are some of the most important:
- Don’t be a bully or show off, even if everyone else is doing it. This includes being rude or disrespectful in any way when sparring or rolling with other people.
- Don’t be a jerk, slacker or complainer (especially about your own training). If you don’t want to practice hard enough at BJJ and want someone else to do it for you, then go find another gym where they care more about teaching than they do about making money from students who don’t know how badly they need their training!
It’s not enough to just train hard, you also need to be smart about it!
It’s not enough to just train hard, you also need to be smart about it!
Ask questions when you don’t understand something. Ask for help if you need it. Don’t be afraid of asking for advice or second opinions—even if they seem like they’ll make things worse, it’s better than making a mistake and wasting time in the gym that could have been better spent elsewhere.
We hope you enjoyed our guide! Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a great sport and a great way to stay fit and healthy. If you’re just starting out, don’t worry; all the skills necessary to dominate this sport are within reach of anyone willing to put in the work. It’s important not only that you train hard but also smart about your training.