If you are new to Jiu-Jitsu, you may sometimes feel like a fish out of water. This is to be expected, so do not let it discourage you. Sometimes you may find yourself out of your depth. In fact, there are times you will literally fall on your face. You may feel like you have two left legs – It all goes with the territory so try not to develop a complex over these minor issues when starting out.
Tips to stick with it:
1. Neither your gender nor age matter on the mats.
There should be no ego on the mats about winning or losing with any ‘type’ of training partner. Jiu-Jitsu is the great equaliser. It is one of the most rewarding things that you can learn, as a male or a female. Through jiu-jitsu, you learn how to use leverage to control someone else, even someone bigger and stronger than you. Jiu-Jitsu employs leverage, technique, and timing, so that anyone, regardless of gender or athletic ability, can make techniques work against larger opponents.
2. Have a good attitude.
Take the pressure off yourself by reminding yourself that Jiu-Jitsu is a fun and rewarding activity. A positive attitude, values and an open mind to learn are the keys to unlocking Jiu-Jitsu. This kind of attitude can help you to cope better with most things in life.
3. Think highly of other people (be a good training partner).
One thing that is bound to get you into trouble is to look down at your partners. You may have better skills than other people do but there is no point in advertising any of these things. Also, there is nothing quite as childish or rude in Jiu-Jitsu as the infamous celebratory “Yes” after tapping out a training partner. Be humble, be modest and down play your skills. This is the best way to be a good training partner. Better still, being humble means you will learn more and this is great for you.
4. Be consistent.
Ever heard the saying, “a black belt is a white belt who never quit”? Well, it’s true. The expert consensus as to how to get better at Jiu-Jitsu is most resoundingly to show up and train. If you make a commitment to consistently show up to a number of classes weekly, no matter what is going on in your life, then you are most definitely going to get better, and develop the patterns and habits necessary to maintain your schedule for a very long time.
In short, Jiu-Jitsu is not a breeze but it is not an impossibility either. Work hard, learn, be humble, maintain a good attitude and keep your eyes on your objectives – you will succeed.