Re: Starting BJJ Please give me tips.
Well I thought I would revisit this thread and give you an update.
I have since still been training in BJJ. Sometimes i get in twice a week other times only once a week. Working in govt contracting often keeps me in late hours so I don't get a chance to roll. However I do go to the gym every day for an hour. I work on my shrimping , upa's, and other exercises to keep my moving and to keep my body fresh with muscle memory on the movements I have learned. But nonetheless a week doesn't go by with out me at least doing one class.
The first day - I was there we did warm ups for about 15 mins. The next 30 min we do drilling. Each drill only consist of 2 moves. We may work on 2 different types of sweeps, escapes, guard passing etc etc. when we do our drilling we do them over and over again. We only stick to doing 2 moves as everyone can learn it efficiently and accurately. We drill it step by step, and then we do it with slight resistance, and then we go into a heavier resistance roll utilizing what we learned. The last 15 min is spent rolling with our partners. We will go about 2 min rounds and switch partners. I didn't really roll on the first day because I really didn't know what to do so I just watched and asked questions.
Present day- The class still goes through the same course with new faces. I am not the newbie and I have learned not to muscle out of any situation. I originally panicked the first time I rolled. I got gassed and my partner was simply on top of me in mount lol. But now I can roll, get myself caught in a RNC, and not tap but to defensively cover my neck and to find escapes without tapping. I guess I learned the part of being patient and finding the escapes in the submission I am in without exerting much force.
I am in that phase now where I am trying to fit a game plan in how my body reacts and how it moves. Being that I am 5'5" a stocky /built 180 lbs I am trying to only use the techniques that work best for me and using less of what wont work for me (e.g. being that i have shorter legs i have to learn how to utilize an open/half/butterfly guard. The downside to this is that people can pass it fairly easily if I am not careful with my positioning. However I have to learn to be quicker in shrimping out or with my sweeps so I can go from guard to mount.)
I have also bought one of those puzzle mats from Dicks Sporting good. It is only half inch thick, but I only need to roll at home and its not like I am doing any take downs so it serves its purpose quite well. I got my brother in law to roll with me one time and he seemed to enjoy it because he is an active person and even though we rolled for about 15-20 mins, he had sweat more then he would've had if we weight trained at home for 40 mins. Not only that he I am hoping that he really gets into it cause then I will always have a rolling partner to roll with on the weekends, and hopefully if he gets into it he can take the class with me which will allow me to get to class more often.