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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-22-2009, 08:24 AM
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ask your partner (someone more experienced) to go through the basics with you. thats what happened in my first bjj class.

also you may want to check out this site- http://www.trainfightwin.com/ it has heaps of useful vids for beginners like us
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-23-2009, 11:42 AM
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My Question to you is, surely my first ever lesson should be the basics of the sport? I couldnt believe that i was doing the exact same techniques as the old dudes with cauliflower ears who had years of experiance! knowing how to maintain back control doesn't mean shit if i havent been shown how to get there!
Apart from the fact that chokes and armbars from the back are hardly advanced, this really begs what I think is a more serious quest:

Did you think your instructor was going to center the class on you, as a beginner?

Hell no.

You learn jiu-jitsu over an extended period of time. You'll learn basic stuff like the armbar and triangle choke from guard. You'll learn to escape the mount and side control and so on.

Some schools do take the beginners aside (at Rocha Jiu-Jitsu, where I spent most of my time, the dictum was to take them out of the group during sparring and work with them on basic guard and mount stuff), but it's a little egocentric, in my opinion, to expect the instructor to change the format of the class to accommodate a beginner.

Not to mention, learning back control is very important, and something that, even as a beginner, you should start to develop an appreciation for.



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Keep at it, ask the guys you're rolling with questions, and pick your teacher's brain too. Working on your guard(being on your back) is very important. You're probably going to be taken down, and put in that position a lot in the beginning, so get used to it.

I came across this, and it helped me out a lot with understanding the names of the different positions. It also gives you an overview of when you should be using said positions.

http://www.beginningbjj.com/BJJ%20Roadmap%201.3.pdf

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Sounds completely normal. The entire class can't move at the pace of a new arrival every day. The expectation is typically that you dive in and do the best you can do while learning from your training partners as well as your instructor. If you aren't able to catch up to the speed of the class you should feel free to discuss private lessons to get you caught up that may or may not cost extra. I also like the gi-loaner policy. Nothing encourages new folks to buy the gear they need as quickly as possible as borrowing a smelly old uniform. My realistic concern with that is the risk of infection.

Get your own gi and give every class your undivided attention and you will do fine.

Enjoy and welcome to BJJ.
I agree 100%. I don't practice pure BJJ but this is the same approach my current MMA and old TKD classes have taken. All students need to review the basics so you'll get there eventually. And as this poster says, you can learn a lot from your fellow students as well as instructors. Be respectful & hardworking, ask questions when you don't understand, and you will make good progress. Cheers.
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The best guys in my class were the ones who focused on positions when you start to roll with others, the ones who were to excited to get a sub had a harder time down the road cause their positioning wasnt solid. I wanted to sub people from the get go, but later found positioning for control to be more important. It takes time, relax and enjoy it, and most importantly- DONT BE AFRAID TO LOSE.
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The best guys in my class were the ones who focused on positions when you start to roll with others, the ones who were to excited to get a sub had a harder time down the road cause their positioning wasnt solid. I wanted to sub people from the get go, but later found positioning for control to be more important. It takes time, relax and enjoy it, and most importantly- DONT BE AFRAID TO LOSE.


It's like playing a waiting game. You wait for the person to set themselves up, and take the sub. If you can pass guard, and have a good guard game - controlling your opponents hips... it's only a matter of time until they make a mistake.

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