The majority of people who train Jiu Jitsu are also trying to juggle a full time career, and a family. It goes without saying that time management is key. If you want to improve as quickly as possibly you have to milk the most out of every session. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your mat time.
Show up focused and ready to learn: Walk into class focused and ready to pay attention to every detail of the technique that is being taught. Try your best to perform it perfectly and ask questions. When you walk into training don’t let anything else cloud your brain, just focus on your Jiu Jitsu and this time that you have set aside to train.
Journal after class: Write down what you learned that day, what you need to work on, and what you did well. Now whenever you have time to drill you can look back on your notes and immediately know what you want to work on. The act of writing down the technique will also help you remember it. If you are feeling down about your training it can serve as encouragement, so that you can go back and look at what you did well and start replacing the negative self-talk with positive.
Come to training knowing what you want to work on and goals for sparring: Come to training with a plan instead of just rolling without a purpose. If you want to work on a specific sweep come up with a goal number of times that you want to hit it in training. If you want to work on a specific guard, play it on everyone and see what problems you run into and troubleshoot how to fix them. After training you will feel extra accomplished, you’ll have things to keep working on, and you will be improving specific aspects of your game.
If you are feeling overwhelmed try just focusing on perfecting one guard or pass: Learning Jiu Jitsu can be extremely overwhelming at first. You will learn so many different things that you feel like you can’t remember anything during sparring. This is completely normal and until you learn enough to start connecting things everything will seem disorganized. Keep hanging in there and try just focusing on a couple techniques from top and bottom. You don’t need to know all of the options for every position, just start with learning one option from every position and build up from there.
Stay present during your rolls so you can fix the mistakes you made and make note of the things that worked: One of the most important thing that helps you improve quickly is staying present in your rolls. If you can stay present and remember what went wrong you can fix it immediately. If you can’t remember how are you suppose to fix it? You’ll just keep making the same mistake over and over and your progress will slow. Take advantage of the time you have and ask questions so you can make those adjustments. If there’s no one around to ask make note of it in your journal.
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