Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is difficult. No matter how excited you are about it as a beginner, you will soon find out that not everything is sunshine and rainbows. And, in those moments, it’s important to think back to the advice from people who are more experienced in BJJ than you are.
Ana Carolina Schmitt, a BJJ black belt world champion, has shared a couple of words of advice for beginners in a conversation with BJJ Eastern Europe. More specifically, she shared advice for female BJJ athletes:
I would like to say: if you just started training and you want to go further, then just keep moving, keep doing your best. Train hard and enjoy it – be in the present and try to focus your mind on the process.
And just try to do it for yourself. You don’t need to prove anything to anybody, you just need to try to improve for you and yourself only.
And I think that is the best thing to do – to live in the present, to concentrate on doing your best and proving to yourself what you are capable of. To focus on yourself, to aim to be better every day. I think that is „it“.
She emphasized that it’s important to take things day by day:
Also, try not to get frustrated. Jiu-Jitsu is really hard, and the beginning can be a little bit difficult. But, just try to take it day by day and aim to be positive. It’s the best way to excel in training; and in tournaments as well, if competing is your goal.
If you enjoyed these tips from Ana Carolina Schmitt, then hop on over and take a look at our full interview with her.