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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Developing your guard to the next level

Playing guard for a beginning student isn’t easy. In fact, starting a new activity or study comes with a lot of trial and error. In Jiu Jitsu, that means a lot of tapping. From Giving feedback: Getting feedback from training partners and instructors is an important aspect in the life of a martial artist. Feedback is how we correct holes in our games. Feedback is how we help our training partners get better. Feedback keeps us honest and humble. I

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