You start discovering Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a BJJ white belt. In fact, you begin make yourself knowledgeable about jiu-jitsu basics techniques, drills, spirit, BJJ fight strategy, and more. But those thing need time to be well executed, that means that you progress slowely as a BJJ white belt and making plenty of mistakes. So:
What are the top mistakes committed by a jiu-jitsu white belt?
jiu-jitsu white belt mistakes “Bad BJJ posture“
A good posture prevents you from deadly BJJ attacks like triangle, armbar, kimura, and more you got the point!.
Sure you had experienced this in several situations while you rolling with your BJJ teammates especially the higher BJJ belts ranking, they take you down very fast.
So, you should help yourself by controlling and adjusting your posture, and someday you will take them down too.
Does it true that the more you assist the jiu-jitsu classes the more you learn?
To be honest, as a jiu-jitsu white belt the more you assist the BJJ class, the more you learn the jiu-jitsu basics.
Besides, if it merged with good BJJ rolling, you will build guidance that guides you to solve many complex situations in jiu-jitsu and life in general.
Furthermore, we all start at the BJJ white belt with several issues. But as the rank begins to wane or as the height, weight, and muscularity of the new BJJ white belt increases that will help him decrease substantially or gain balance and stability.
White belt and the upper belts
The BJJ black, brown and purple belts are usually in teaching mode with new BJJ white belt. But most white belts and many Blue belts are trying to build a reputation, and maybe going for a gym win record. So guess what? You are up next to their opponent list.
Here’s the first tip: “It’s all about posture”. Most likely, a new BJJ white belt student will not start a rolling session in the standing position, but from the ground.
Further, you may end up starting in someone’s guard (where your opponent’s legs are wrapped around you or vice versa) the person who has you in guard has one initial mission.
That mission is to disrupt your balance. If you allow BJJ opponent maneuver you into a position to be choked or arm-barred or in worst-case scenarios, he can take your back.
A good way to keep this from happening is to maintain an upright posture. But of course, this is easier written than accomplished.
However, here are a few tricks you can use to maintain a position. First, imagine as if there is a teacup at the top of your head.
Or act as if you are in a charm school and you have to balance a book on the top of your dome.
How to naturally maintain posture?
Under no circumstances should you allow the ‘book’ or ‘teacup’ to fall off. Doing this will allow you to naturally maintain posture. That is not the end though because the pushing, pulling, agitating and hip bumps by your opponent will never cease.
If you stay in guard, eventually your rolling buddy will crack your posture. When this starts to occur, look up straight to the ceiling. Act as if you are an oak tree breaking through the brush.
Another way to maintain posture is to think of yourself as a superhero about to take flight when your posture is being broken.
Imagine Superman exploding into the stratosphere with their foreheads pointed to the sky and bodies straight as a rail. As a jiu-jitsu white belt you need to find your ways to readjust your BJJ posture to prevent submissions.
White belt mistakes “Hands-on the mat”
Why hands-on the mat is a mistake in BJJ?
Hands-on the mat while you rolling mean that you’re off balance, so your BJJ opponent can surprise you with a fast and smooth like sweeps, triangle, etc.
For example, in your rolling buddy’s quest to knock you off balance (in his guard) there is a grand prize that makes all the pushing and pulling worthwhile. And that is when your hand crashes to the mat.
What your BJJ opponent can do when hands-on the mat?
Therefore, there is so much that can be done when a grappler neglects to keep his hands off the mat while he stuck in someone’s guard.
Your opponent can attempt a hip-bump sweep, a kimura attempt, an omoplata or a couple of arm-locks. Those are just a few techniques your opponent can try.
In one of my BJJ tournament matches I state by using my favorite double leg takedown at the BJJ standing game that took my opponent to the mat, but he held me in his guard, I placed both hands on the mat so I could spring up here is the big mistake.
So, he overwrapped my right arm and unfortunately when I tried to get up again he locked on an armbar that made me re-think grappling for a few minutes. Although no one had told me the importance of keeping my hands off the mat and I paid for it.
This is one of those things that are usually not passed on in drills and people are usually warned against doing, so just ask for bits of help when you’re in a live roll by your BJJ instructor or teammate’s senior BJJ belt.
In conclusion, As a jiu-jitsu white belt you should not let your opponent bait you into putting your hands on the mat. If you must put your hand on the mat for a BJJ technique, do it quickly.
When you’re in a BJJ guard it is best to assume a straight posture and to keep your hands on your rolling buddy’s hips or belly.
“Not Centerline” BJJ mistakes
source: Steve-O G
does “Not Centerline” bad in jiu-jitsu?
So far we’ve covered posture and keeping your hands off the mat. Now let’s discuss another tactic your grappling mate will use to keep you off balance and to apply his game.
That tactic is angling his body so he can attempt arm-bars, chokes, sweeps, and reversals. Even with great posture, keeping your hands off the mat and denying attempts by your opponent to push and pull you off balance your opponent still has options to affect sweeps, reversals, and submissions.
Angling is a good way to achieve any one of those objectives. Your opponent angles by turning his upper body away from you and so your hips and his are no longer in alignment.
If he can manage to grab one of your wrists or sleeves, trap an arm, pull your head down or can reach under your legs while doing this then you may end up in a triangle choke that seemed to come out of nowhere or tapping to an armbar before you can figure out what is happening.
Avoid quick BJJ submissions
A great way to avoid quick submissions, sweeps and reversals are to not allow your sparring mate to break alignment with you. You should mirror his hip movement the entire time. If your opponent starts to angle, follow him and remain square.
Especially, if he breaks your posture and starts to turn. If this occurs you only have a millisecond to readjust and make sure your hips are square before you will be swept or will be fighting to get out of a nasty submission.
By constantly mirroring your opponent it will frustrate his attempts and you will have one more tool to render your opponent’s guard useless.
In conclusion, As a jiu-jitsu white belt you should mirror your opponent and keep your hips square. Your bodies should be in alignment when he has you in guard.
If he angles, go in the same direction until your hips are in line. Position alone can shut down a huge portion of your opponent’s game.
source: Steve-O G