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Mak77
Eminent Member

Hi guy's

Been practicing Bjj for around 2 weeks now and tonight is my 9th lesson. Been learning single leg take downs, double leg take downs, had guard/full guard, arm bar's, passing guard  and so on. Last night was my first  real roll, had try and stop my opponent from mounting me and get him in to guard then try to submit him which i enjoyed.  Problem is i'm struggling to remember all information learned last week, i can remember some stuff but putting it all into practice seems a bit hazy. Is this normal to feel like this for a 2 week noob? and does it take a good few months before  even the most basic techniques click?
Thanks in advance
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Posted : 20/05/2015 4:40 am
nathan barley
Noble Member

This is normal. 9 classes is nothing. The first step is remembering the techniques at all, and the next step is being able to remember them when the adrenaline is pumping. Finally you have to get them to work when the other guy is trying to stop you. If you can get to step one after 6 months you'll be doing well. 

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Posted : 20/05/2015 4:54 am
Illustrious Member Admin

Yep, you will have that feeling of being completely lost for many many many months to come.

You will still get it at blue belt, just not all the time. At purple every now and then, and brown, I rarely ever get that feeling. Its gotta be a really strange position someone got me in, and that very rarely happens.
But at white belt... oh man.... felt completely lost the vast majority of the time.
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Posted : 20/05/2015 8:50 am
stevebuyshouses
Illustrious Member

Yup just try to remember to walk through the door 2-4 times per week everything else will work itself out.

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Posted : 20/05/2015 9:05 am




BearUMbowlOH
Noble Member

9 classes in i was already giving my instructor fits everytime we rolled....................................

because i couldnt remember a damn thing, not even how to posture in guard.

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Posted : 20/05/2015 10:54 am
LAMart
Active Member

Absolutely normal. Taking notes when you get back from training and reviewing those notes will help with remembering techniques but Jiu Jitsu is a long road. Then read your notes and visualize learning it and all the details you can.

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Posted : 20/05/2015 10:54 am
saltlick
Prominent Member

i took notes for a while in the beginning, finally gave up after 9 months in im still learning so much stuff i cant remember it all. Just let all the info fly at you and see what sticks, try to remember what you can it will all come back around again...and again...and again.

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Posted : 20/05/2015 5:54 pm
DPMcT
Eminent Member

I read somewhere, here probably, that the techniques exist to teach you principles. my professor said something similar, don't be a collector of techniques. it's about enforcing and establishing fundamental bases of BJJ at your (and my, 3 tabs white belt) level. correct me if this philosophy is wrong but it makes sense to me.

I also keep notes too and visualize A LOT. Those are to help me learn though I figure time on the mat is far more valuable than notes.

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Posted : 20/05/2015 7:07 pm




halfguardian
Prominent Member

I was a white belt for two years and it wasn't until after one year that I began really feeling like I had knowledge of what I was doing, but even now I have things that I no doubt need to fix, such as turtle and open guard

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Posted : 20/05/2015 7:22 pm
Spiderguard man
Noble Member

If it was easy it would be called tkd

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Posted : 21/05/2015 6:38 am
scifigal
Noble Member

The only thing you must know as a white belt is: tap means stop. That's it.

Think of it practically. Imagine you're taking a chinese class and you've been to 9 classes. In each classes, you are exposed to 2-4 new words. You don't review them in any of the next classes, so by class 9 you've sort of practiced 18-36 new words. During the conversation portion of the class, your classmate might use the words quickly, but you dont even know how to really listen during a conversation.

That class would suck, right?

This is how most BJJ classes are taught. Don't be hard on yourself. Most BJJ classes I've seen are NOT designed to help beginners retain what they've learned, or to do it in a systematic way.

In this situation, accept you will feel confused. The longer you stick with class, the more exposure you will get. You will eventually repeat techniques or patterns, and you'll start to recognize pieces. Stick with it.

Remember that execution is one aspect of learning. Recognition, and even a glimmer of recognition, is another aspect.

Don't be hard on yourself!

(If I seem critical, it's because my background is in TESOL, and my experience is in teacher training)

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Posted : 21/05/2015 9:42 am
BearUMbowlOH
Noble Member

 

 That class would suck, right?

This is how most BJJ classes are taught

 very true and a very good point. many clubs havent evolved in their teaching methods since the beginning of bjj. the MA/Sport has evolved tremendously since then but lots of the teaching hasnt. the way many professors learned in brazil 20 years ago is the way they teach now.

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Posted : 21/05/2015 10:47 am




Mak77
Eminent Member

Thanks for the comments guy's, that's all i'm trying to do, remember 1 technique after each lesson, but above all i'm really enjoying it and i have no urge to quit`, just try and take as much as i can in 🙂

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Posted : 23/05/2015 3:13 pm




  
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