Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that has gained immense popularity in recent years. It is a complex and ever-evolving sport that requires dedication and practice to master. While it is important to focus on the techniques and strategies that will help you improve, it is equally important to be aware of the bad habits that can hinder your progress. Here are some of the things you should avoid if you want to become a better grappler.
Not Breaking Grips
One of the most common mistakes that beginners make is not breaking grips. It is important to remember that grips are temporary and can be broken. This will allow you to create space and set up your attacks. If you are unable to break grips, then you will be stuck in a stalemate and unable to move forward.
Another bad habit that many grapplers have is butt scooting. This is a term commonly used for pursuing an opponent while remaining seated.
Playing Too Much Guard
It is important to remember that guard is not the only position in BJJ. You should also learn how to pass the guard and work on your takedowns. If you focus too much on guard, then you will be stuck in the same position and unable to progress.
Not Learning Takedowns
Takedowns are an important part of BJJ and should not be overlooked. If you are unable to take your opponent down, then you will be stuck in the guard and unable to move forward. It is important to learn takedowns so that you can take the fight to the ground and set up your attacks.
Poor Posture and Base
Having good posture and base is essential for success in BJJ. If you have poor posture and base, then you will be unable to defend yourself and will be put in a vulnerable position. It is important to focus on your posture and base so that you can stay safe and be in control of the fight.
Stalling is when you intentionally slow down the pace of the fight in order to gain an advantage. This is a bad habit because it can lead to a stalemate and prevent you from progressing. It is important to keep the fight moving and avoid stalling.
Repeatedly Getting Caught With The Same Submission
It is important to remember that BJJ is a game of constant adaptation. If you are repeatedly getting caught with the same submission, then it is time to change your game plan. It is important to be aware of your opponent’s tendencies and adjust your strategy accordingly.
These are just some of the bad habits that you should avoid if you want to become a better grappler. It is important to focus on the techniques and strategies that will help you improve and avoid the bad habits that can hinder your progress. To help you improve your BJJ game, we recommend checking out:
Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
Mastering Jujitsu by Renzo Gracie
Holy got introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) during freshman year of college, by her roommate that dropped out shortly after. After training for a few years, she drifted away from the sport and struggled to maintain her fitness and emotional wellbeing. After a personal crisis she came back to the sport and loves to follow the ins and outs of BJJ culture.