Jiu Jitsu For Dummies
Knowing that such a book didn’t exist in the published world, I thought this would be a unique title for an article. Little did I know that the word “dummies” would be used to lure martial artists to search-engine listings on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian J.J., and more.
There is even a facebook fan page devoted to Jiu Jitsu For Dummies.
It’s funny that so many would flock to what used to be a derogatory designation. Calling someone a dummy was fightin’ words.
My point in using that title for the article was to help those who were having problems with their jiu-jitsu progress. I have a way to get better, faster …
Martial Arts In A Nutshell, Not Really
You can’t master a martial-arts style in two weeks … or even two months. And if we are talking true mastery, then two years isn’t enough, either.
If you want to master something in a nutshell, then I suggest that you pick the aspect that interests you the most, and focus on it. You won’t get the whole system, but you might learn to throw anyone trying to tackle you (for example).
It’s interesting: For those who do want to perfect and become competent at their entire style, my advice is very similar to those who want the easy, short version….
Jiu Jitsu Black Belts
If you want to get a lot better at jiu jitsu, you should focus on one area of study, at first. Don’t forgo all other facets of the style; do focus on the area that can help you the most, right now.
For most people practicing Chin Na, BJJ, Small Circle, or any jiu jitsu art, I recommend a focus on wrist locks and joint locks.
Note: I know that I am known as the “wrist locks guy,” but I have logical reasoning behind my recommendation.
If you are studying toward eventually earning your black belt, then you will have to perfect wrist locks anyway, right?
They will, pardon the pun, go hand in hand with all your other martial studies. By learning them now, they will help you control the speed of an altercation. You’ll be able to gain control at some point in the scuffle.
You’ll also be able to continue your other martial responses in the middle of, or from, a wrist lock. For example, you can continue hitting while locking, and you can take a joint lock into a judo throw of some type.
The Locking Advantage
If you want a locking advantage while you progress in your martial-arts studies, I suggest that you spend a concentrated amount of time pursuing counters and reversals.
This will give you an edge over your peers, and in some cases, allow you to play with the more advanced practitioners. Just think, they start to lock you, and BAM … in an instant, they find themselves tangled, and in pain, in a joint lock of your doing.
This is manipulation at its finest.
By the way, I made a quick video on counters and reversals. It lasts under three minutes and has a secret tip. If you have a few minutes, and want a counter and reversal tip, then click here: