Focus on recomposing first

Lots of beginner students want to develop a berimbolo or a spider guard or a De la Riva guard right from the start.  It’s a classic example of wanting the shiny object. Or wanting dessert before dinner.  You see that a move is very effective or a position is very common and of course you want to practice those moves or those positions.  But I believe for beginners especially,  you should focus on learning how to retain your guard first. 

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Recovering from injuries

recovering from injuries in jiu jitsu

Recovering from injuries Part of any athletic endeavor is dealing with injuries. It doesn’t matter how good you become injuries will always come up and usually when you least expect them to.  Luckily, there are many ways to preemptively deal with such injuries through adding a strength and conditioning program, maintaining mobility, and adding other healthy habits can go a long way in keeping your body running smoothly.  Jiu Jitsu especially attracts a lot of injuries with its small movements

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Never apologize for losing

You should never apologize for losing because you didn’t do anything wrong.  After every major tournament or even small tournament I always see competitors make this long post about how they are sorry for letting all their friends and training partners down because they didn’t medal in a tournament.  And I used to feel the same exact way but after you compete for a few years you begin to realize that no one really cares if you lose. In fact,

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