Surviving the First 6 Months of Sparring

Last updated on 27.02.2019 by

There is nothing more crushing than going to Jiu-jitsu class for the first time and getting crushed. When a beginner tries their first class they should want to come back. One way to accomplish this is to be a navigator in their Jiu-jitsu experience. For example, when a more experienced BJJ practitioner ”rolls” with a beginner their goal is to make the experience educational and allow the beginner to explore Jiu-jitsu on their own without resistance.

More wisdom from the Gracies on how to survive the first six months of sparring and enjoy Jiu-jitsu. Rener and Eve discuss why 90% of people quit Jiu-jitsu in the beginning. They make some very interesting points which anybody can benefit from. Teachers, beginners, black belts, and any belt level out there should watch this video. These concepts will make you a better practitioner and a teacher. Creating this type of environment in your academy will bring more students to it. There is a reason it is called an academy or school because people go there to learn.

The ”harder the wood, the stronger the hammer”. As a beginner and student respect the higher ranks and the philosophy of the school. Beginners should remind themselves that they are students. During ”rolling” be respectful, ask for advice, and try not to make it a street fight. Higher belt ranks understand when someone is a beginner and are willing to help them. They also benefit from it because one of the most rewarding things about Jiu-jitsu is teaching.

Sparring in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a mutual agreement between two partners that are willing to engage in a combat scenario. People learn a lot about themselves and their Jiu-jitsu during sparring. It should, however, come at the right time. The right time will be when a beginner can appreciate the hard and grueling rolls with more experienced practitioners. After those grueling sessions, they should not want to run away. Don’t forget that everyone was a beginner at one point of their journey.

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