Swept Off Your Feet: Transitioning from Striking to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Fighting is communication through the act of combat.  There are as many different types of martial arts as there are languages in the world.  Learning a new martial art is a lot like learning to speak a new language.  Accommodating to a new martial art style like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be difficult and frustrating.  Here are a couple helpful tips to help those transitioning into Jiu-Jitsu from a standup art. 

1385909_10153397073185710_1899022271_n-21st:  Learn to walk before you fly…

The fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu are the most important techniques you will ever learn on the mat.  Understanding the fundamental concepts of Jiu-Jitsu is essential before moving on to complex moves.  With that said, a new students should stay clear of YouTube when possible.  Though a great resource to showcase the abundance of techniques, many new students can get drowned in advanced moves and never properly learn basics.  Any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher will tell you that fundamentals are key.

2nd:  Empty your cup…

The first step of construction is demolition.  Go into each class with an open mind.  Striking styles are very different from grappling arts.  Some techniques in Jiu-Jitsu will seem odd first.  Be open-minded to learning and don’t let old habits follow you onto the mat.  Many martial arts styles have been relatively unchanged for thousands of years but Jiu-Jitsu is still constantly evolving with new techniques.

23696_10150111373090710_4052824_n-620x4123rd:  Enjoy the ride…

A white belt taught the basics of grappling could tap a world champion striker.  It can be disheartening for experienced martial artists to experience the climb from the bottom again.  Perseverance through this step is necessary for personal growth and development of a good martial artist.  If life were about getting to the destination, we would all want to die as soon as possible.

Credits:  Patrick J. Flores
Gracie Barra Chino