I find striking similarities between BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU and learning a language. In learning a language I would suggest starting off with the alphabet, and then vocabulary words, grammar, et cetera. Eventually after much time you should be strong at the language you study if you are taught correctly. It also helps if you have a native qualified teacher around you to help with the more intricate and deeper parts of the language. And when you become immersed or go to that country where the language is spoken, you will be more adept at speaking, one would naturally assume.
The same goes for BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU, learning the basics (the ABCs), learning the simple movements, and then learning the transitions and deeper complexities. What are worthwhile results? Whatever you believe them to be. I believe results mean daily forward progress, and not falling into the same traps as yesterday. A simple and short sentence speaks volumes within a certain context, as does a well performed, simple, efficient movement done at the right time during a BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU match or spar session. Eventually, those ABCs will become ‘poetry’ in motion.
Additionally, how you learn is equally as important as what you learn. If you go into your first lesson not knowing much of anything, then do yourself a favor and try and find a partner who has greater experience than you, someone who can guide you through the motions and movements. Your instructor should help you with this. Ask questions if you need to, as the old saying goes: “no question is a stupid question,” so do not be shy.
On the other hand, if it is a beginners-only program try and set yourself up with someone about your size or smaller and preferably with someone who seems to be calm and patient. BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU may at times be dangerous if you do not understand your body. Having a patient and egoless partner who is concerned with safety is an important part of your settling in and learning process.
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