Bernardo Faria’s Advice on What White Belts Should Focus on In The First 12 Months In Jiu-Jitsu

Bernardo Faria’s Advice on What White Belts Should Focus on In The First 12 Months In Jiu-Jitsu

Embarking on the journey of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  as a white belt is a transformative experience marked by challenges, triumphs, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Bernardo Faria, a very respected and loved black belt in the BJJ community and a five-time BJJ world champion, in a recent video offers invaluable insights into how novices can navigate their initial year in the gentle art.

Embrace the Beginner Mindset

“Be humble. Be open-minded. Don’t rush. Understand that it’s a process.”

Bernardo Faria underscores the importance of embracing the beginner mindset. As a white belt, humility and open-mindedness are essential virtues. Recognize that progress in BJJ is a gradual process that requires patience and perseverance. By cultivating a mindset of continuous learning and growth, white belts can lay a solid foundation for their journey ahead.

Focus on Fundamentals

“Focus on learning the basics, because the basics are the most important thing.”

Fundamentals serve as the bedrock of BJJ proficiency, a sentiment echoed by Faria. White belts should prioritize mastering fundamental techniques such as guard retention, escapes, and basic submissions. Rather than being swayed by the allure of advanced techniques, devote ample time to honing the basics with precision and proficiency.

Develop a Solid Defense

“In the beginning, you need to focus more on defense.”

Defense is paramount in BJJ, particularly for white belts in their formative stages. Faria emphasizes the importance of developing a solid defensive game, including guard retention, escapes from inferior positions, and preventing opponent’s attacks. By prioritizing defense, white belts can weather the storm against more experienced practitioners and lay the groundwork for offensive proficiency in the future.

Build Cardiovascular Endurance

“Train a lot of conditioning, because you’re going to need it.”

BJJ is a physically demanding martial art that requires cardiovascular endurance and stamina. Faria advises white belts to focus on conditioning drills and cardio exercises to build endurance on the mats. Whether it’s through running, cycling, or specific BJJ-related drills, prioritize conditioning to ensure sustained performance during training and competition.

Embrace the Journey

“Enjoy every second of your journey.”

Above all, Faria encourages white belts to embrace the journey of BJJ wholeheartedly. Every moment on the mats is an opportunity for growth, learning, and self-discovery. Celebrate small victories, learn from setbacks, and relish the camaraderie forged with training partners. Ultimately, BJJ is not just about mastering techniques; it’s about personal growth, resilience, and the bonds formed within the community.

Bernardo Faria’s insights provide a roadmap for white belts embarking on their first 12 months in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. By embracing the beginner mindset, focusing on fundamentals, prioritizing defense and conditioning, and embracing the journey with passion and perseverance, white belts can set themselves on a path towards mastery and fulfillment on the mats. As Faria aptly states, “Enjoy the process, enjoy the journey, and everything will come to you.”

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