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BJJ for Absolute Beginners: Don’t Make These Mistakes

As a white belt starting your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey, you’re bound to make some mistakes. But don’t worry, we’ve all been there! At Gracie Botany, we’ve seen countless beginners walk through our doors, and we’ve noticed some common mistakes that BJJ beginners often don’t realise they’re making. In this post, we’ll share the most common mistakes beginners make in BJJ and how to avoid them, so you can start your training off on the right foot.

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Mistake #1: Not tapping out

One of the biggest mistakes BJJ beginners make is not tapping out when they’re caught in a submission. We get it, you want to tough it out and not “lose,” but trust us, there’s no shame in tapping. In fact, it’s a crucial part of training. If you don’t tap, you risk serious injury. Remember, you’re here to learn and improve, not to prove how tough you are.

Mistake #2: Muscling through techniques

Another common mistake we see white belts making is trying to muscle through techniques. BJJ is all about technique and leverage, not brute strength. If you find yourself straining and using all your might to force a technique, stop and reassess. Take a breath, slow down, and focus on executing the technique properly. With practice, you’ll learn to use your body efficiently and effectively.

Mistake #3: Neglecting the fundamentals

In the excitement of learning new techniques, many beginners neglect the fundamentals. They want to jump right into the flashy moves they see on YouTube. But the fundamentals are called “fundamentals” for a reason – they’re the building blocks of BJJ. Spend time drilling basic movements like shrimping, bridging, and maintaining a strong base. These skills will serve you well as you progress.

Mistake #4: Comparing yourself to others

It’s easy to look around the mat and compare yourself to other white belts or even higher belts. But remember, everyone starts somewhere. Don’t get discouraged if someone seems to be progressing faster than you. Focus on your own journey and celebrate your personal progress. We all have our own unique challenges and strengths.

Mistake #5: Not asking questions

As a beginner, you’re going to have a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid to ask! Your instructors and training partners are there to help you. If something doesn’t make sense or you need clarification, speak up. We love seeing students who are engaged and eager to learn. Asking questions shows that you’re invested in your training.

Mistake #6: Training too hard, too soon

When you’re excited about BJJ, it’s tempting to want to train every day. But your body needs time to rest and recover. Training too hard, too soon can lead to burnout and injury. Start with a couple of classes a week and gradually increase as your body adapts. Listen to your body and take rest days when you need them.

Mistake #7: Neglecting personal hygiene

This one might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Make sure you’re washing your gi after every class and showering before and after training. No one wants to roll with a stinky training partner. Plus, good hygiene helps prevent the spread of skin infections. It’s a sign of respect for yourself and your training partners.

At Gracie Botany, we’re committed to helping BJJ beginners in South Sydney and Botany start their journey on the right foot. Our experienced instructors are here to guide you every step of the way, from your first class as a white belt to your black belt and beyond. If you’re ready to start your BJJ journey, come visit us  and sign up for a free trial class. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Gracie Botany family!