Originally posted as a reply on SFUK
is a hobby/pastime for most, you are learning to fight
but you should also be having fun. It will be hard at
times and you may question if it's worth it but you gotta
be enjoying it deep down. If you don't then find something
else, life is to short.
newbie gets told to "relax" about a hundred
times, it'll take time to come but is important for productive
they roughly mean is:
Pace yourself. Don't try to go all out for 30
seconds then be unable to carry on rolling without passing
out or throwing up. Learn that gassing sucks and that
a purple complexion suits nobody.
Don't be so tense. It'll slow you down and make
you tire quicker. Not every muscle in your body has
to be working at full contraction the whole time!
Don't freak out in bad positions or when you're
caught in a sub, it's just training. By staying calm
and reacting instead of panicking you'll learn more.
Expend your energy as efficiently as possible.
Don't try to do moves a hundred times faster than
needed (or that your skill level allows). Mechanics
and leverage are important too
Don't try to bully moves. Use what is there,
not just what you want. Also, learning when to let go
of a move is as important as when to go for one.
Head squeezers suck. You're there to learn, not
to try and headlock someone to death.
newbies tense up they tend to hold their breath as well.
Try to keep a regular breathing pattern. Sounds simple
but you'd be surprised how hard it can be when under pressure.
You will gas anyway but breath and you'll last a lot longer.
you want to learn anything and get good it takes time.
You aren't going to be tapping everyone out after a weeks
patience and put in the work, it'll come.
you want to make progress then consistent training is
key. A session here and there is no good, make the effort
to get down to regular classes. Consistency
in attitude is also important.
turning up is not enough. No one else can make you good,
a coach can only guide you, it's down to you. Pay attention
and try to get as much out of the class as possible. You
should take something from every drill and roll.
you don't understand something then ask, you are there
to learn. Ask more experienced students you train with
as well as the coach. If someone keeps catching you with
something during training ask what you are doing wrong.
Correcting it will make you both better. As the saying
goes "The only stupid question is the one not asked".
Ask relevant questions, don't be the nob who's asks "Would
Bruce Lee beat Rickson Gracie?" when a drill is being
get hurt. If you are caught tap.
supposed to get tapped, it's part of the game. If you
can escape go for it but if you're going to get hurt tap.
don't actually have to be in pain with gritted teeth to
tap, sometimes that is too late!
all end up learning this the hard way. Anyone with some
mat time under his belt can probably think of times he
wishes he hadn't been so stubborn and had tapped earlier.
Tapping and carrying on with the class is lot better than
missing sessions while an injury heals.
Be A Jerk With Submissions
the final portion of submissions with slow even pressure,
do not jerk them on without control. By all means enter
quickly in to the technique, but when it comes to finishing
you gotta control the limb and apply pressure slowly.
Aware Of The Tap
you have a submission applied it is your partners job
to tap, but it's yours to notice the tap. Don't just wildly
apply the submission without being a aware of your opponent,
he may not be able to use his hands on you and could signal
vocally, tapping the mat or by stamping his feet, .
Take injuries seriously **
biggie we all learn the hard way, and some of us never
get in to our thick heads.
you pick up an injury, stop and get it treated before
you go back on the mat. Missing the end of a session to
ice an injury and skipping the rest of the week is better
than creating a problem which will blight your training
for months or even years. Seriously, if you need to take
time off, do it.
down to watch the classes during your break is encouraged,
but only if you can resist going on. If it's too much
temptation find something else to do.
to treat your injuries. R.I.C.E. will be your best friend.
Beat Yourself Up
WILL get your ass kicked. At the start you will get tapped
lots. Remember that everyone went through the same thing,
even the best. Even
with some experience you'll always get caught and have
days when you get schooled by people you normally clown.
Bad sessions are part of training. Don't get discouraged.
Have patience, keep training and try to enjoy the workout.
can learn a lot from watching others. Being able to see
and understand what others are doing will increase your
understanding. You may be able to pick up a technique,
detail or movement that will help your game. Everyone
has their own way of grappling, differing styles can teach
you different things.
studying someone better than you and modeling how they
roll can be a good way to make progress.
really need to include this but you never know.
your kit every session. Wash yourself every session. Keep
respect to the people you train with.
the mat keep your partners safety in mind and don't go
bullying less experienced players.
the mat some piss taking is part of being a team but bad
blood and gossip can kill a group.
Your Ego At The Door"
is a motto at many clubs. Training can be competitive
but you are there to learn, not fight. Training and drilling
is about improving performance, not "winning".
Don't bring your insecurities on to the mat.
position skills are what makes a good grappler.
escapes and guard passing are the two most important aspects
of your game, they are what you are going to need when
rolling with better opponents. Add to that your pinning
game and sweeps. This should be your focus, not just when
you start training but always.
are great fun but good position skills are where it's
at, they are what get you to the sub and keep you out
of bad positions. Not much point learning a submission
combo from the mount if you can't get there or hold the
Fundamentals Are Your Friends
the time on the fundamentals is the way to get good at
"basics" may seem a boring after a few months
but in time you will see the depth of understanding there
is to gain in their application. Little nuances will become
apparent and you will have the foundation to take your
game to the next level.
To Do The Things You Hate To Do
all have areas we need to train but try to put off. It
may be your side control escapes, your penetration step
or your leg kick. You need to learn to enjoy this training,
it is focusing on these areas that improve your game,
not relying on your strong moves. Train the things you
hate in the knowledge you're making progress and putting
in that extra bit of effort others at your club might
a good drilling partner is great for making really progress,
someone who understand how you train and will challenge
training with just one or two people can put you in a
rut, make sure you roll with as wide a cross section of
the club as possible.
daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. Write them down
and share them with someone close to you." -
must constantly set realistic and relevant goals, have
a plan to achieve them and stick to it. Goals keep you
motivated and give you a map for improvement.
Is Your Guide
evaluating your physical skills in fighting/martial arts
the only thing that matters is performance. Performance
is measured by success against a resisting opponent (ie
sparring and live drilling).
plenty of sleep and rest. Your body needs time for recuperation,
repair and growth. Over-training, tiredness and stress
will all hamper performance.
nutrition is you fuel. You must find a good balance in
your food, drink and supplements to support your training.
that fighting ability doesn't mean @#%$ in the big picture.
If it brings enjoyment to your life that's brilliant.
But, at you funeral do you want the mourners missing you
and grieving over the loss or saying "well, he had
a really tight side control". Be nice and let your
family and friends know how much you love 'em.