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How To Get A Blue Belt In BJJ FAST With These 3 Tips

The Blue Belt in BJJ.


Blue Belt is the first promotion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the first of only five: white, blue, purple, brown and black.


Unlike other martial arts, where belts are awarded for certain periods of time spent training, the BJJ system is much more robust and going from White to Blue Belt takes more: you only get promoted if you can prove that you deserve it.


That is why belts in Jiu Jitsu are regarded so highly: a black belt karate practitioner could be a world beater or just a guy who does it for fun once a week; but a BJJ black belt is a certified martial arts master and not someone to be trifled with. Even a blue belt should be able to handle anyone without much experience.


It can take as much as 10 years to get your black belt and people who do it in less than five are considered prodigies.


But for now, let’s forget about the far-off future and focus on the present. If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you’re a white belt and you want to get to blue quickly.


First off, why the rush?


As Rickson Gracie said, the belt only covers 2 inches of your ass – you have to cover the rest.


Focusing on quickly getting to the next belt level is not the right approach to get to the next level fast. The belt itself does not mean you’re better, it is only a representation of your skills, and to keep the whole system and martial art of BJJ pure, there need to be standards. That way, even if you train with someone you don’t know, you can guess their skill level from their belt fairly accurately.


It seems like the majority of people take 1-2 years to get to blue. You could do that in less, or your could do it in more. It all depends on the amount of effort you put in, previous experience and natural ability.


That said, here are some tips that are guaranteed to make you a better Jiu Jitsu player if you follow them to the T.

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Chef and TV Host Anthony Bourdain getting his Blue Belt in BJJ.

1. Relax. Doing it harder is not the answer to Blue Belt


When you’re first getting into rolling and sparring, it’s very hard to not become tense.


It’s a natural reaction to a perceived threat, but one that does no good to you. In order to be at your maximum efficiency, you have to be relaxed. Without relaxation, you won’t be able to think clearly and respond appropriately.


Being able to relax is a matter of two things: time spent on the mat and consciously relaxing.


The more you train and become accustomed to having someone trying to pass your guard, sweep you and go for submission, the more you will be able to relax in those positions. It will take some time, but a blue belt should be comfortable when he or she is put in a bad position and not panic in it.


You can get there faster by consciously relaxing. Because relaxation is the function of the parasympathetic nervous system, we can’t control it with our thoughts. Thinking: “Relax!” is likely to make you even more tense.


The way to control it is through breathing. Breath fully into your belly; do not hold the breath in. You will sense yourself becoming tense – that is when you have to remember to breathe.


2. Put in the (quality) hours


This one is simple: more time training means faster progress.


This means that you show up to class on time, every time. It means that you are focused when in class. It means that you apply yourself to understanding the principles of Jiu Jitsu and applying them in practice. But it also means you’re having fun while doing it.


If you are a beginner to martial arts or training in general, it is a good idea to limit the amount of training you do – at least at first.


While you may be able to train five times a week for one week, you probably can’t sustain that for a few months. If you are in doubt, start with less and progress to more as your fitness improves.


For beginners, too many hours can also be detrimental technically, because there might be too much to internalize all at the same time. However, that depends on each individual person and is something you’ll have to judge for yourself.


3. Practice, practice, practice the basics


Bruce Lee said that he fears the man who has practiced one kick as thousand times, not the man who knows a thousand kicks.


The most successful people in any area have one thing in common: they have perfected their basics to the point where they are completely internalized.


In BJJ, that means that you don’t focus on a new sweep or submission as soon as you think you “have” the first one down. You have to have one or two go-to moves that you are very good at and make them a central piece of your style.


You also need to get down the basics of posture, and get a “feel” for moving on the ground. This feel won’t be perfected for a long time, but you should be starting to get it. It’s hard to explain in writing, but you will know it when you feel it.

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Singer Demi Lovato getting her Blue Belt.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast


BJJ is all about journey.


By focusing on the destination (the belt), you will miss the very enjoyable path that leads to it.


Training too much, too hard or too often too soon can also slow down your progress due to injuries.


Here’s one final piece of advice: take it one hour at a time. Instead of focusing on the future and how badass you will look with a blue belt, focus on being in the present and giving your all at every practice.


Paradoxically, that is how you’ll get to the blue belt the fastest.

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Comedian Russell Peters getting his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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