dear white belts - 5 tips to improve the jiu-jitsu journey

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  • javixm
    javixm 3 kun oldin +1

    7:16... no, no it doesn't.
    Maybe it seems that way once you're past it, but when you're IN IT, it feels like a fucking eternity.

  • Marius174
    Marius174 3 kun oldin

    Thank you!
    I just started last week and was really going at it to win in the sparring. The part about taking your time to learn during sparring was really helpfull!!
    This helped more than you know!
    Thank you.

  • lovetolearn 2
    lovetolearn 2 3 kun oldin

    Thanks alot. This was the missing information I needed.

  • anthony cocchiarella
    anthony cocchiarella 4 kun oldin

    nice Jericho reference

  • Raunch
    Raunch 4 kun oldin

    Great advice. I just started BJJ and I'm a black belt in karate. There are so many non-technical similarities between the two. I am loving it and it's great to be a white belt again.

  • David Ringe
    David Ringe 4 kun oldin

    Tonight was my first class! I loved the learning and abuse lol Thanks for the advice and pointers. Its going to be an amazing journey

  • Luis Vargas
    Luis Vargas 5 kun oldin +1


  • Lucas Heldman
    Lucas Heldman 7 kun oldin

    I just started bjj, I also started kickboxing. I can drill and practice kickboxing in my free time when the gym is closed but I haven’t found a way to practice bjj other than the hour class. Do you have any suggestions on how to get extra practice with no partner?

  • tattooeddragon8
    tattooeddragon8 8 kun oldin

    What should I look for in a good school/ gym to train at? I am interested in BJJ not sure where to start.

  • Vincent McKenzie
    Vincent McKenzie 12 kun oldin

    Great vid thank you!

  • World of Wrestling
    World of Wrestling 13 kun oldin

    Thanks for the help man!

  • xpansion Team
    xpansion Team 13 kun oldin

    Great advice I'm a white belt started 14yrs ago (commitment thing) now my friends a black belt and a great teacher I've found an awesome little club, but I've never thought about asking questions whilst getting submitted and dominated, it is an awesomely frustrating game and there will always be someone better and someone worse than you. Again great advice cheers

  • NYCTalking
    NYCTalking 15 kun oldin

    This was a great video, extremely helpful to me as I resume my white belt journey after a 13 year layoff from my white belt journey. Lol. Great stuff!

  • Rpt14
    Rpt14 17 kun oldin

    I’ve been working for a year and a half and I honestly think my couch forgot about me because he’s given stripes to kids that have been there a week and I haven’t even gotten a stripe what do I do

  • Abdou Dz
    Abdou Dz 18 kun oldin

    First time watching u ! Now ur the fav channel 😁

  • Patrick ODuinn
    Patrick ODuinn 18 kun oldin

    Love to listen to tips like this. Just started and willing and hungry to learn!

  • v1ce21
    v1ce21 18 kun oldin

    Great motivational video!
    I am 33 years old. I have 4 years experience in Krav Maga, which I quit because I didnt like the static excercises anymore. ( Too bad I didnt put that time in learning BJJ... :P )
    Before that I had 2 years experience in MMA.
    But my first lesson of BJJ was something else... The amount of information that was crushing on me like a tidal wave.
    The moments when I thought which part of my body do I need to move to advance position, was frustrating.
    It was really overwhelming.
    At this moment I'm abit scared but also really curious where this journey will bring me.
    Time will tell! ;)

  • The Fish Closet
    The Fish Closet 21 kun oldin

    I really like your video, very motivational, "winning and learning". Im a white belt, its so much fun, wish i could have started in my 20's. Cheers

  • Tyler
    Tyler 23 kun oldin

    Thank you, sir. Starting Jiu-Jitsu Monday. Subscribed and push notifications.

  • Khalil Ibrahim
    Khalil Ibrahim 23 kun oldin

    Thank you for the kind words and tips

  • Kamil Bennouna Memes
    Kamil Bennouna Memes 26 kun oldin

    Thanks for the advices Lionel Messi

  • Tom Cat
    Tom Cat Oy oldin +1

    This video is awesome! I'm saving your videos and watching them over and over. Started bjj 2 days ago
    I feel like my attitude is in check according to what your saying. I got excited getting submitted, seeing what's possible when I improve. I can't wait to learn more and improve constantly. Cheers man.

  • buddy ambrosia
    buddy ambrosia Oy oldin

    Is 18 a good age to start I want to but nervous to actually get up and go

  • Mr. Nice Man
    Mr. Nice Man Oy oldin +1

    Holy sht Steven, I was going up some BJJ vid and thought I am going crazy seeing you here lol.

  • Joshua LaBerge
    Joshua LaBerge Oy oldin

    As a white belt this was very encouraging to watch. 🙏🏼

  • Andrew Stroud
    Andrew Stroud Oy oldin

    Just started BJJ...thanks for the knowledge!

  • Jessica Perez
    Jessica Perez Oy oldin

    Thank you

  • Colin Clean
    Colin Clean Oy oldin

    Do you recommend Gi or no Gi BJJ?

  • Bizzyfakka
    Bizzyfakka Oy oldin

    well it is about winning because learning is winning, even if you tap out. lol

  • Andre Fontenelle
    Andre Fontenelle Oy oldin +1

    hey, just started age 42, going to my next class tonight. body was sore all over , but i like the grind though, any tips on cardio excercises, my first roll barely lasted a minute like 50 SECS. could barely roll after i hurled. Any tips

  • Nope No
    Nope No Oy oldin +1

    Thanks just started and will keep this in mind

  • Reggie Anglin
    Reggie Anglin Oy oldin +3

    I agree. Make since. Thank u .

  • Brian M.
    Brian M. 2 oy oldin +3

    It was the ones who came into class who had the win/lose mentality which is why I ended up having to start/stop my training. The win/lose white belts would do whatever it took to win and often it meant being really aggressive. I ended up getting hurt a few times which meant that I had to stop for a while and start up again, then I get hurt again, and the cycle repeated. Tips like these are a reminder that we train in class and that losing in class isn't losing. No one wins when you end up injuring your classmate.

  • Andrew Aldrich
    Andrew Aldrich 2 oy oldin +1

    The end of this video is especially what I need right now. Tomorrow marks 5 months for me and my gym is doing promotions next week. I've been thinking a lot about how I might get my first stripe, but I know that having that stripe isn't what makes you better. If I do get it then I'll still probably get tapped at the rate I do now. What I'm trying to focus more on is that 5 month me could dominate 2 month me for sure. Great video.

  • Joseph Lacelle
    Joseph Lacelle 2 oy oldin +2

    Starting monday thanks for the advice I'm just going to focus on learning and working hard

  • andrew huckle
    andrew huckle 2 oy oldin +1

    Thanks had my first lesson recently I have signed up to the gym they guys are really good dudes and helpful and friendly but this is great advice.

  • Anthony Stiles
    Anthony Stiles 2 oy oldin +1

    This video feels like it was made specifically for me. I had all those problems when I first started training and lasted about two years. I quit because I got frustrated and now I'm going back to training after a year away. I talked to my coach and he allowed me to come back I feel that the time away gave me time to both miss training and realize that I had the win/lose mentality. This time I just want to train and learn as much as I can. You video was very helpful thanks

  • Daz Wild Outdoors.
    Daz Wild Outdoors. 2 oy oldin +1

    Thanks for that vid dude i found it intresting,im only 3 sessions in ,im 45 and reasonably fit,and athletic the only problem im having is soaking in the techiques,,del la riva to baby bolo,,im sure with some extra drill time ill crack them..Rolling with all levels,,i dont know what im doing in positions but doing ok in instinctive defence...Its a real good club..

  • andrew lurvey
    andrew lurvey 2 oy oldin +1

    That's really good advice about not getting frustrated I mean no fear a white belt or going to Blue Bell and you submit somebody that on paper there is no way in hell you should have been able to do one out of a hundred times imagine how amazing that would feel

  • Guy Nakoa
    Guy Nakoa 2 oy oldin +1

    thank you for the tips and your thoughts, I'm thinking about joining a school.

  • mralex070
    mralex070 2 oy oldin +1

    I think being a fresh white belt is pretty liberating as with everyone being more experienced than me I can afford to make mistakes and there's no pressure. Although I have only been to core sessions where only fundamentals are learned and no one aggressively rolls with you. I think this is good as like you said I want to learn the positions first. As whats the use of just getting mauled over and over when you don't know whats going on. There are only a handful of students so I get plenty of help from the coach who is brown belt. But different people show up every day, or do you think this sort of training will slow my progression? Not that im too bothered about belts or anything. The coach also said I don't have to get a Gi if I want until im blue belt level.

  • Jeffy Abraham
    Jeffy Abraham 2 oy oldin +1

    Drink it in maaaaaaaaaan

  • Brian Durst
    Brian Durst 2 oy oldin +1

    Im late to comment, but just completed my first 3 classes at 50. I was a high school and college wrestler, so I feel like I have some similar experience, but its a different, fun language, and everyone is so encouraging. Good stuff.

  • Ilham Himmi
    Ilham Himmi 2 oy oldin +3

    I really appreciate this video and thank you so much for these tips

  • Warriors and Yogis
    Warriors and Yogis 2 oy oldin +1

    Thanks brother good advices

  • Lizzie Kaster
    Lizzie Kaster 2 oy oldin +1

    I’m 6 months into my white belt and it’s just a blast. My gym is so open and friendly that the higher belts while stop in mid roll to give me a tip on what I could do next, or show me what I just did wrong. It’s incredibly helpful in my learning experience.
    I don’t see the rush of getting the next belt, either way, I’m still rolling.

    • Grossi Jiu-Jitsu
      Grossi Jiu-Jitsu  2 oy oldin +1

      that's great!!! sounds like you are in a great place to learn.

  • scramuel
    scramuel 2 oy oldin +1

    I'm about to join a gym soon , thanks for the heads up regarding attitude,
    " wining and learning " didn't look it like that @ 1st , great shift in thought , thanks again

  • Jeremy Brotherton
    Jeremy Brotherton 2 oy oldin +1

    As being the newest member to the team it can be frustrating being "owned" all the time. I love this art I feel like anything worth doing should not come easy.

  • Philippine MMA
    Philippine MMA 2 oy oldin +2

    Belt color is just a reward from your coach and something to be proud of but the skill improvements and the journey is what matters, I'm black belt taekwondo and karate and sometimes I go from taekwondo class to bjj where I'm white belt no stripes but I have no problem to change fromblack belt to white, I just wanna continue learning and the colors will change along the way with perseverance and hard work.

  • Andres Vargas
    Andres Vargas 2 oy oldin +1

    Thanks for the advice man. Cool videos. Just started training a week ago (been going every night) and i love it. Please keep uploading videos for beginners like me!

  • Jonny
    Jonny 2 oy oldin +1

    Thanks for posting this video, I just started BJJ yesterday and turned 40 last week. Been looking for the basics and will def check out your other videos.

  • Beto Renteria
    Beto Renteria 2 oy oldin +1

    Good advice. Thanks! New sub.

  • 1eltino
    1eltino 2 oy oldin +1

    Great video. I’m 32 years old and going to my first Jiu jitsu class tonight. I’m a little nervous tbh. I also have bad knees from years of wake boarding which is why I feel I need a new sport. Hopefully I don’t make them worse! Thanks for the advice

  • ken ku
    ken ku 3 oy oldin +4

    i wish i watch this video 5yrs ago. at 47 yrs old, i push myself hard, i got blue belt after 3yrs and got injured. i slip into depression with embarrassment and shame. now at 52 i'm going back with a different mentality to learn until god willing whatever belt i can earn. i have my son watch your video and hope he turn out different. thank you so much for your time.

    • Scott Aebersold
      Scott Aebersold 2 oy oldin

      ken ku i roll with a guy who’s 63 and he kicks my ass all the time.

  • Jack
    Jack 3 oy oldin +1

    How do I stop relying on my strength ? I know that technique is everything, but for some reason... I have certain feelings against certain components that I’m winning off pure strength and not technique. It’s like watching a football game, the view is always better from the camera, when underneath my opponent i just use muscle and force opposed to technique. I know I’m in the wrong, I can’t help it...sometimes it works, most the time it doesn’t.

    • Grossi Jiu-Jitsu
      Grossi Jiu-Jitsu  3 oy oldin

      it's a pretty hard habit to break and one I had to learn myself. For me, it was the constant failure that forced me to stop relying on my strength. we've got a lot of big, strong guys in my gym and when I couldn't overpower them, I knew I had to use technique and one day it just started to click for me. It's not bad to use your strength a lot because it is your natural advantage but learn the best way to escape positions without it.

  • Jeff Doyle
    Jeff Doyle 3 oy oldin +1

    Hey. I Just started last week. You make so much sense in this video. Fair play

  • Tim Barry
    Tim Barry 3 oy oldin +1

    Great video. Thank you. I too ask a lot of questions. sometimes I feel like it annoys the coach, but, too bad I guess.

  • Tim Barry
    Tim Barry 3 oy oldin +74

    "White belts are people, too" lol

  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson 3 oy oldin +1

    Thanks .

  • tAg Sizemeezy
    tAg Sizemeezy 3 oy oldin +1

    Bro thank you im day 2 in the gym and was extremely frustrated today, quitting isnt an option but if i was less of a man i would have walked away, that winning and losing thing is seriously a game changer, thanks again man... you got my sub brother

  • Presley McKinley
    Presley McKinley 3 oy oldin +1

    I dig The Chris Jericho

  • Khalaf Ali
    Khalaf Ali 3 oy oldin +1

    Yasterday was my first day with the juorny 😁 it was wonderful , Thank you so much for this beautiful words and advices.

  • The Murz
    The Murz 3 oy oldin +1

    Thanks! Just started my bjj journey last week. I’m 2 classes in. It’s really tough especially being new. I feel like I’m getting worn out from trying to use my muscles because I don’t know techniques.

  • Philippe Bouffard
    Philippe Bouffard 3 oy oldin +1

    Thank you so much for the tips. I'm 37 years old and I just started last week as a white belt. With your video, I just realized that I was focusing too much on the next belt. From now on, I will put my mental game on the learnig way. Like you said, its a marathon, not a sprint. I also watched your video on how to tie a belt; very useful. I will subscribe to your channel and learn how to improve my game. Again, thanks for taking the time to make those videos.

  • okarnando88
    okarnando88 3 oy oldin +1

    I've rolled around for a long time. My youth pastor was a purple belt and he would teach me things and later in life I joined the Marine Corps and rolled around there and in police academy after that. I finally enrolled in a BJJ school and all my time rolling around with whoever I always get stoked when I get submitted.
    I'm always amazed and I immediately laugh and just say "that was awesome how did you do that?" And "can you show me?"

  • Sean Kavanagh
    Sean Kavanagh 3 oy oldin +1

    Thank you for the advice about the right mindset to have in BJJ.

  • The Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Excellent advice

  • DV11b
    DV11b 3 oy oldin +1

    Excellent video. Excellent advise. This is why I love Jiu-Jitsu. It is all about learning. No free belts. I’m a proud white belt.

  • Montana Baker
    Montana Baker 3 oy oldin +1

    I think it would be easier for me if there were no belts or stripes for me to fight for, they nag the back of my mind 'how long should I expect? What should I know in that time?' At least I am thoroughly enjoying the journey. Going every day I have time.

  • Tyler Pruitt
    Tyler Pruitt 3 oy oldin +1


  • Sam Sami
    Sam Sami 3 oy oldin +1

    What age would be too old to start Jiu jitso or Judo?

    • Grossi Jiu-Jitsu
      Grossi Jiu-Jitsu  3 oy oldin +1

      I can't speak on Judo but I don't want to get thrown around now but i believe you can start Jiujitsu at any age. If you are healthy give it a go.

  • The Business Finder
    The Business Finder 4 oy oldin +1

    Great advise. Thanks. I needed this.
    I posted this comment above yesterday, I took everything you said on board.
    Last night I was awarded my 3rd stripe on white belt 😂

  • Taylor Durdan
    Taylor Durdan 4 oy oldin +1

    Sometimes I just need to step back and listen. Thank you for this! I definitely need to work on my defense and should remember that during my rolls. Thank you!

  • laymo0o0oN
    laymo0o0oN 4 oy oldin +1


  • Ambient Wizardry
    Ambient Wizardry 4 oy oldin +1

    Winning and learning, good life mantra

  • Federico Diaz Aguirre
    Federico Diaz Aguirre 4 oy oldin +1

    I so much needed this advice! Thanks a lot!

  • Nader Nehme
    Nader Nehme 4 oy oldin +2

    Hey! I'm 29 y.o. with no martial arts experience, i stopped sports 5 years ago (maybe even more, i used to play soccer) so my body is extremely weak, and there is that jiu jitsu gym 20 min away from where i live... i'm thinking of signing up in a couple of days. I'm super excited but at the same time i feel worried about getting injured from the first few sessions (bcs my body is weak)... any advices? Maybe start something else and then get back to martial arts? Or i should just go there, knock at the gym's door and jump in...?

    • ken ku
      ken ku 3 oy oldin

      go at your own pace, tap out and sit out often until you build up your stamina.

    • Nader Nehme
      Nader Nehme 4 oy oldin +1

      Grossi Jiu-Jitsu thank you for your advice! I'm having a bit of back pain, i'm gonna check with my doctor, then i'm going to the gym right away!

    • Grossi Jiu-Jitsu
      Grossi Jiu-Jitsu  4 oy oldin

      Hi Nader, I would absolutely recommend just jumping in. Be honest and open with the instructor and do what you’re comfortable with. If they aren’t cool with that, might need to check another school.

  • Nomad Patriot
    Nomad Patriot 4 oy oldin +1

    Awesome words of encouragement!

  • Hamish Freeman
    Hamish Freeman 4 oy oldin +1

    just started bjj, thx for the wisdom

  • Pierre Bridenne
    Pierre Bridenne 4 oy oldin +1

    Thanks sir !

  • Nick George
    Nick George 4 oy oldin +1

    I just started training at a gym as a white belt and I go to the beginner classes right now that’s focused on beginners. Would you recommend I go to the all levels classes as well? One guy said it’s a lot more rolling focused so I don’t know if I should go to that seeing as I’m only 2 days in to this. I want to go to as much as I can but I’m just curious if I walked in as a beginner if that would be considered trying too hard or something

  • Chris Smith
    Chris Smith 4 oy oldin

    Great advice, thank you!

  • Capone SickEm
    Capone SickEm 4 oy oldin

    Good Vid Bro. Appreciate. Can you make a video about what to focus on as a white belt, the basic guards, most important techniques (defensive and offensive etc). Its like trying to learn a new language and there’s so much I don’t understand as a white belt. Thanks.

    • Judd Kuypers
      Judd Kuypers 4 oy oldin

      Capone SickEm I would enjoy such a video as well

  • Juanito D
    Juanito D 4 oy oldin +2

    I trained BJJ for a few years in high school (I'm in early 30s now) and never passed white belt.. Been thinking about training in BJJ again but it's been so long so I practically remember nothing. I just started it again here in Colorado last week. So starting from scratch. I really want to stick with this and learn some self defense and also having a fun outlet. Your video helped me get some good insight. Thanks man!

  • Rocky Stevenson
    Rocky Stevenson 4 oy oldin +1

    thanks for the video, my first class was yesterday and i really enjoyed it.

  • Alfredo Solorio
    Alfredo Solorio 4 oy oldin +1

    this was useful​ thank you.

  • Patrick Maloney
    Patrick Maloney 4 oy oldin +1

    I’ve watched a few of your videos for white belts and it’s helped me make the decision to get involved and get down to my local club! Down to earth and informative video!

  • VenOver
    VenOver 4 oy oldin +1

    Thanks man!!!! Appreciate it!!!

  • Michael Malgoza
    Michael Malgoza 5 oy oldin

    You hit it right on the nose. Thank you sir. I’m 55 and been doing this for almost 4 month. I have one stripe and I’m already moving up the white belt ladder. Again, thank you and your tapes are awesome. Osss

  • kracylatin01
    kracylatin01 5 oy oldin

    Thanks for putting this advice. I have been doing BJJ for almost 2 years now and I do feel like my I instructor is overlooking me because I have beaten several blue belts but he has yet to promote me .Now I just don’t care anymore about the rank so long as I’m learning something new. I appreciate what you said and I will take to heart what you have said.

  • palabrajot505
    palabrajot505 5 oy oldin +1

    Thanks to you and your botched Jericho impression, you just made his list.

  • Malwina Godzisz
    Malwina Godzisz 5 oy oldin +1


  • assoverteakettle
    assoverteakettle 5 oy oldin

    "Do not think about winning or losing". +infinity on that one.
    It takes a while to lose the ego and gain that mentality and sadly quite a few new people are not willing to stick around long enough to find out.
    Getting tapped out often is good. Why? Because it means you are learning and adapting to what to do and what not to do. It might take a hundred times but you're learning when you get tapped out. This isn't pep talk BS. It's a fact embedded in operant and classical conditional response learning models.
    I think the very, most important skill that a new white belt who knows absolutely nothing about jiu-jitsu is to be calm and stay relaxed. When we relax we move more fluidly. It's harder for people to hold us down if we are relaxed because we can slither out like a snake. It's harder to submit people who are relaxed and controlling their breathing. You don't get tired out as easily when you are relaxed. More importantly when you are calm, you have more focus and clarity compared to when you are panicking and frantic.
    New white belts today are your valuable training partners for tomorrow so it pays to invest in them and help them improve.
    I think the most important thing, no matter what rank, is to have fun. You learn and absorb more when you are having fun and relaxed and, as the vid says, focus more on learning something (what to do/what not to do) than worrying about winning and losing. Marcelo Garcia once said that someone asked him why he was always smiling when he rolled. Because he was having so much fun.

  • Lockheed -
    Lockheed - 5 oy oldin

    Another point about belt promotion... It's *extremely serious.* That's your instructor's official stamp of approval, and you really become a true representative of your school and your teacher(s).
    That said, enjoy your time as a white belt, like what was said in the video. You have no pressure to perform, there are no expectations of skill, and there's no target on your back... Just learn, grow, have fun, and be safe.
    Side note: when you finally do promote, the sense of accomplishment is amazing. It took me 2 years of consistent training to promote from white to blue... That was 17 years ago, and I can still remember it vividly. Some of the best memories of my life.

  • Phillip Tuttobene
    Phillip Tuttobene 5 oy oldin +1

    Chris Jericho!😂

  • Warrior614
    Warrior614 5 oy oldin +1

    Excellent video

  • Can I Have A Soda And A McChicken?

    Damn, almost all bjj people are nerds😂

  • Eikichigai (Billy Woolfolk)

    What is that "L" shaped light you are using. It's making a cool catch light in your iris'.

  • The Lurker
    The Lurker 5 oy oldin +1

    Finally someone admits I am a person to.

  • SIRINI100
    SIRINI100 5 oy oldin +1

    hey greetings from Greece ! nice video and simple straight lines to guide a white belt , like myself, to get started and clear some issues like the ones you refer.!! Thank you ! Os!