Final: Part 4 tips to help improve Jiu-Jitsu game

Here is the final part 4 of tips that can help improve your Jiu-Jitsu performance.

These tips can help improve your game whether you are in the competition scene or just training in a gym. If you get stuck at a wall during your training you may need some assistance to break through it and that’s what these tips are for. Sometime it just takes a little reinforcement of stuff you should already know and that’s why some of these things may appear to be obvious. You may already know some of these but forgot to stick with it.

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Final 5 Tips to improve your Jiu-Jitsu

1. Develop your style – Everybody eventually develops their own style of Jiu-Jitsu because everyone has different preferences, body types, and understanding of techniques. It may come down to certain minor details that turn the tide of a match and it is up to you to learn these things. Focus on what may make or break a technique’s success and make it your own. Once you are able to focus on minor details you will be able to come up with a sort of battle plan that you follow when going into a match or rolling session. The best way to find out if it is an effect plan is to test it out in the field, competition. Sparring and competition matches are completely different especially in that you may know nothing about your opponent and in competition you are especially fighting to be the winner.

2. Escape from stalling – In a gym you are most likely going up against fellow students that are going to experiment and attack you in many ways. In a way this is a good thing because you will then be practicing defenses and then going on your own offense. There are times especially in competition where the opponent will not try to pass or submit you and possibly just smash down on you. Some people might call this stalling and it is important to practice getting out of those situations. This will end up making you more well rounded as you can handle an all out attack situation as well as a stalling situation. Of course if an opponent is stalling the match will get reset but typically you see opponents making it look like they aren’t stalling.

3. Try things – It’s good to learn specific types of passes and submissions but whats more important is that Jiu-Jitsu is constantly evolving. There are many different ways to do different things and you need to try different things to find them. Some gyms create ”move repeaters” but it is up to you to break away from that and try new things using those moves you learned. There is never just one way to do something and experimenting will give you an edge that may surprise opponents and catch them unaware. It’s all about being creative and enjoying yourself while trying these things.

4. Consistency and rest – This is something that many people fail to realize at first and that’s you need to be very consistent with your training and allow yourself enough time to rest and recover. This will give you enough time to not be over training yourself into injury and make sure your ready to go each time you come in to train regularly. If you are going to miss class times its important not to substitute those missed days by over training because the inactivity and over training will result in injury and more time off than you would like. If you begin to miss days due to reasons then it would be best to get back in to it as consistent as you were before.

5. Respect – All gyms stress this and it is to have respect for not only the gym and instructors, but for your training mates that you practice with. Without them, you would have no one aside from the instructors to practice with. The proper mindset for going into a gym to train is not to win all the sparring sessions but to learn from them and become stronger in Jiu-Jitsu for when it really matters. Many students see this training as win or lose and in fact, it is but not in the gym. You wouldn’t want to hurt a training partner because if you keep hurting them all you end up without any training partners. Jiu-Jitsu is win or lose on the competition scene and in self-defense but you should be more open minded in the gym to figure out what your weaknesses are and reflect upon them.

This has been the four part series of tips that can help improve your Jiu-Jitsu game in competitions and in the gym.

Take a look at all the parts to this series and figure out what you need to work on to get past that wall. No matter who you are and what level these tips can help with problems that you have and we hope these  tips will make you a better Jiu-Jitsu player!

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