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Thread: I took my first BJJ class yesterday - what advice would you give a neophyte?

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    Oh! If your gi, or no-gi gear, has to sit in your gym bag for an extended period of time after training (like if you train at lunch and have to wait until you get home from work to do laundry), do yourself a favor and get a gym bag that breathes.

    I used this one:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBlueI's View Post
    I've intentionally partnered up with a very...massive training partner the last two times. There's really nobody there his size, but I'm probably the closest on most nights. He's a great partner, but he's a work out just due to his size. I'm 5'11" and can just barely lock my legs into closed guard when he's stationary and letting me get set up due to his size. It's great feedback for if I got a sweep right, though. Littler guys I can just muscle through bad technique. I'm not muscling this dude.

    We're currently doing 3 classes a week, each an hour. One fundamentals class and two white belt classes. We plan to start doing an extra hour of fundamentals soon, and then get into open mat.
    I like this and that’s the kind of thinking you’ll need. Roll with guys bigger than you (stronger) - it teaches different strengths, smaller than you it teaches how to deal with someone faster, etc. all kinds of thing look at everybody as a tool to learn from. The only thing I’d add is as you get more exposure and keep doing this eventually make sure to roll with white belts to pass on what you’ve been given and try new stuff with as well that you’re ironing out the wrinkles technique wise (say a submission you’re trying or working open guard, etc. etc. I had a guy I could not escape his mount for the life of me. So every time I saw him at the gym - I’d start ask for a roll with him and start in mount to try to escape - he obliged and usually submitted me, but I learned that doggone elbow escape that’s for sure).
    God Bless,


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    Quote Originally Posted by perlslacker View Post
    • Tap early. If a purple belt has you in an armbar, and you can't move, but it doesn't hurt, it's because they've chosen not to crank it. Just tap.
    • If you have a question about the technique you're practicing, ask the coach rather than your training partner. Especially if your partner is a 2 stripe white belt who knows everything. If your training partner asks you a question, defer to your coach.
    • Make sure your hygiene is on point (clip your nails, wash your gi, shower before class if you have BO).
    • Don't spend too much time looking up stuff on YouTube. Ask your coach before you ask the Internet. I think more advanced students can bring in YouTube moves but they have a significant knowledge base to build on that you don't have yet.
    • If you don't have a mouthguard, get one.
    • Don't hang onto gi grips for dear life. Your fingers will thank you.
    • Roll light if you're tired instead of sitting out, if you can.
    • Drinking diluted Gatorade (I make it about 2/3 the "full" concentration) can give you more stamina. I train in the morning, and I have to drink Gatorade during hard rolls or I'm zapped for the rest of the day.
    • When rolling with an upper belt, it's OK to ask one or two questions, but don't spend the whole round asking them stuff. They want to roll too.
    • Before rolling, I think it's polite to ask if your training partner has any injuries you should be aware of.
    I can dig it. Good post!
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