Disheartened newbie seeking advice
I've just started training (about 6 weeks now). Realising just how hard going it is to start with yet there's something addictive about it.
Anyhow, I feel that I'm never actually going to get any better. Is this a normal thing that people encounter when starting out? It seems that everyone (even newer guys than me) can submit me which in turn, gets me a little disheartened.
I am currently out of shape and condition but am working hard every day to change that. I have altered my eating habits and on the advice of my instructor, started doing burpees every morning to get the stamina up to the right levels.
I'm somewhat weak for my size (5'9, 13ish stone).
Just wondering if there's anything else I should do to improve my chances of not getting tapped out every time I roll?
I tend to not know what the hell to do when sparring and I find myself in the most difficult positions to get out of. I know I suck but am thoroughly determined to get better at this!
Any advice would be appreciated.
You just have to keep training. I think was 6 months before I tapped anyone.
It might help to concentrate on small goals. Try and block the first submission he goes for, escape a bad position or slow your opponent down before he taps you.
Don't be afraid to ask people what you're doing wrong, especially if they're catching you in the same thing over and over again. Wait for the end of the roll, though.
out of curiosity, where are you training??
Carlson Gracie Tonbridge, yourself?
Originally Posted by jonj
as long as guys your are training with arent taking the piss then there is nothing wrong with getting tapped its part of the learning process. the ususal path of development at any level (from when you start to when you move up in level of competition) is to try and gain parity and then start to try and impose yourself on them. basically learn how not to get tapped). Any way - good luck.
Combat Sports Academy... There are some nice guys at your gym, approach them and ask them for some pointers.
Originally Posted by Dragonwhipsitstail
Last edited by jonj; 27-03-2012 at 10:15 AM.
Do you go to the open mat on Fri night? If you are there Fri we will catch upi for some advice, if not speak to Dave he'll be more than glad to help.
You're going to be getting tapped a lot for a long, long time. You just have to keep training, you will get better.
http://www.ChrisReesAcademy.com - http://thetattooedchimp.blogspot.co.uk/
Man, I could have posted that. My training is very intermittent at the moment for a load of reasons but I'm still very much a beginner. I'm out of shape and I get tapped for fun by other white belts. It can really be difficult but that's what makes it worth persevering with.
Originally Posted by Dragonwhipsitstail
If you're lucky a higher grade will take you under his wing and help you out. I reckon you're probably at the best academy for that sort of thing. I tried a few of the big academies in London and I found Carlsons to have the most approachable and helpful higher grades. This sort of thing makes all the difference to a beginner.
Happens to all of us when you go up against guys with more experience regardless of ability. If I say my personal story, a blue training with a high purple, brown belt or black, one feels like they know nothing despite training for a few years. It's part of the process. Definitely in six months, you will see progress.
The fact that you are changing your diet and willing to do some extra drills outside the classes, isn't that a personal improvement already.
Be humble, learn to defend and so what if you get tapped? You're still alive and ready for the next session. Learn from the more experienced guys and to be honest, ignore the whites (belts, not people!!) as they use way too much power usually hence the high tap outs to them.
Persevere friend. There are days when we all think, why on earth am I doing this and putting myself through this when you could do cookery or art classes.
Hope that's useful friend...
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