GO FROM WHITE BELT TO BLUE BELT MORE EFFECTIVELY
If you’re feeling lost, confused, frustrated, it’s ok. It's NOT YOUR FAULT.
Jiu-jitsu is hard. It takes years and years of practice to get good at it.
If you're here, right now, I'm going to assume three things:
1. You're currently training Jiu-jitsu
2. You want to get better (much faster!)
3. You eventually want to get your black belt
If I'm right, then keep reading. I want to share some knowledge that may transform how you approach your training and help you get to where you want to go, which is eventually getting your black belt (or so I hope!)
The thing is, I’ve seen so many good people leave the sport because there was just something they couldn’t figure out. For a lot of my students, it’s usually just one thing they’re missing. For others, it’s a combination of a few things.
In both cases, you’ll find most people quit right before they’re on the verge of a break-through. It’s unfortunate because pushing through just a little longer could have propelled them forward.
Confusion all get in the way of making progress and it’s easy to think Jiu-jitsu isn’t for you.
The reality is, however, if there’s simply one thing getting in the way of your progress, wouldn’t knowing that solution mean the difference between being where you are and getting to where you want to be?
I want you to understand something: If you're not where you want to be, there's just SOMETHING you don't know.
And as an instructor, I can guarantee you that there's so much we simply can't cover in class instruction. The truth is, there's a LOT going on behind the scenes and we do our best to cover the most important details or concepts for each position but there's a LOT we have to leave out...
If Jiu-jitsu is something you enjoy and want to get better at, then you’ve arrived at the right place.
You see, over the years as the head instructor of a Jiu-jitsu school, I’ve seen countless people come and go. As you can imagine, people don’t stick around long enough to fully reap the benefits of Jiu-jitsu. Most instructors just treat it like a business. People come, people go –it’s business and not personal.
The thing is, losing students drives me crazy. I can’t stand it. So over the last year, I have put in a ton of work behind the scenes trying to figure out what my students’ biggest problems are and how I could effectively solve them. What started off as an open letter to my students turned into a comprehensive roadmap designed to help them survive their white belt journey.
I sat down at my computer, almost daily and started writing. And writing... and writing... Until I came up with what I feel is the MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND THOUGHTFUL resrouce for beginners out there...
And Now, It’s AVAILABLE TO YOU
Is this for everyone?
No. Chances are you’ve got everything already figured out and that’s ok. I may still be able to help, for the most part, you will extract the most value from me if you can relate to any of the below:
✔️ You are struggling to learn even the most basic, fundamental concepts that makes this stuff work.
✔️ You are having trouble figuring out what you’re supposed to do in the first place.
✔️ You are experiencing any level of frustration from learning
✔️ You can’t seem to make it to class consistently because life just keeps getting in the way
✔️ You keep getting injured and can't figure out how to manage it or train safely.
✔️ You keep getting your @$$ kicked with no end in sight.
✔️ You have absolutely no idea what your goals are or what they should be.
If any of the above sounds like you, then I want to know something; YOU'RE NOT ALONE!
All Beginners struggle and it's not your fault --Jiu-jitsu is HARD!
BUT, It's quite simple.
Therefore, your job as a new student is to SIMPLIFY EVERYTHING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE so that you can maximize your learning and stack the odds in your favor!
This is why I created the White Belt Survival Guide
Here, you’ll find hundreds if not THOUSANDS of hours of in-group AND PRIVATE INSTRUCTION condensed into an easy-to-read, digestible AND ACTIONABLE format.
What is the point of Jiu-jitsu and what is your goal in a fight?
If you can understand what jiu-jitsu is at its depth, then you can understand what our goal is as a jiu-jitsu practitioner. This is a key, fundamental concept that few instructors dive into. You can find this info on page 44.
How to create a consistent training plan
This is one of the first steps to making sure you survive your white belt journey. Though seemingly simple, many people get it wrong. I'll break down a simple, step by step action plan for you to create your own on page 24.
Why you aren’t breathing (and how to do it)
Breathing can be one of the most challenging things for a Jiu-jitsu practitioner to do. I know it seems silly but most people don’t actually know how to breathe. I will show you how on page 31.
Managing Injuries and How to Train Safely
Fun fact: You will get hurt. Injuries keep people off the mats and eventually lead to people quitting. From my work in undergrad and graduate school plus my experience on the mats dealing with my own and my students’ injuries, I can help you manage yours on page 70.
Managing Emotions --There will be a lot of them!
Your emotions will get the best of you from time to time but they don’t have to. Learn how to keep them managed and in check –My method is a bit “cold” but it works. See this "cold" method on page 16.
What should you be focusing on
The rabbit-hole in jiu-jitsu goes deep. It’s impossible to know everything there is to know so finding focus will improve your learning. Your training will need focus. This book will show you what to focus on on page 36.
Understanding “the Jiu-jitsu Funnel”
Much like many other things in life, Jiu-jitsu actually follows a basic framework. If you’re unclear on what this framework is, you’ll have more trouble trying to figure it out in live training. See this brilliant "funnel" on page 44.
"I wish I had this my first week! Reading this book was like a checklist of my challenges and experiences of the first several months of my Jiu Jitsu journey. Even (or maybe especially) seasoned athletes all seem to go through the same ups and downs as they adjust to the Jiu Jitsu training cycle and learning curve. Having a guide like this is invaluable to keep you on track and from getting discouraged. It also provides some of the foundational principles underlying the techniques you will be learning, which will make things start to "click" that much faster. Everyone starting or considering Jiu Jitsu should read this, and should probably read it again after you earn your first stripe on your belt."
The two pieces of advice I give to ALL my white belts (Borrowed from Master Renzo and John Danaher) on page 15.
There are two pieces of advice every white belt needs to learn. It may not be what you're looking for here but in a few years when you look back, you'll be giving the same advice to beginners.
Why goals are worthless (Develop systems instead) on page 19.
I’m convinced the only reason why I’m still around is because I’ve made training “nonnegotiable”. I will give you my playbook in hopes that you can develop systems to keep you training and avoid the many pitfalls and traps that beginners get caught up on.
My Thoughts on Strength and Conditioning (based on years of experimentation and hiring professionals) on page 76
Over the years, I’ve done countless strength and conditioning regimens. In this book, I condense my experiences into a few paragraphs, including some quick pros and cons on each.
Foundational Principles: Key points you need to know on page 43
There are very key, foundational principles that make jiu-jitsu work. It seems like its magic, but it’s actually pretty simple (simpler than you can imagine).
How to deal with life getting in the way on page 72
Life’s going to get in the way. When it does, your jiu-jitsu will struggle. But it doesn’t have to. There are ways to manage the emotions as well as create a plan in order to deal with life getting in the way. At the end of the day, it “is what it is”, and I will show you how to keep going.
The not-so-hidden mystery behind getting really good, really fast on page 79
It’s probably not what you think. But it’s a really good one.
How to prepare for your first competition on page 82
-Many of my students will take private lessons with me in order to get them ready for competition. I’m sharing with you a simple, 4 week guide to help you fix your mindset, training focus, diet and conditioning programs condensed from years of helping my own students.
What it means to get your blue belt on page 89
It signifies the first major achievement for all white belts. Many will not get there… Many will quit right after. This section will prepare you for what’s to come and what comes after.
No doubt, there are plenty of resources you have probably consumed promising to help you learn jiu-jitsu faster. I hope you've been able to learn from every single one of them. This book, and I may be a little biased here, will be different.
Because in it, I've unlocked years of teaching private lessons and condensed many of the principles into one single place. What you'll find is content that no instructor can really teach or explain effectively in group settings --This is why we have to teach many of these principles privately. My goal here was to create a comprehensive resource for you to help you BUILD the foundation that your jiu-jitsu will grow from for the REST of your training journey.
I DIVE DEEP into the mental components that may make the difference between being stuck and getting to where you want to be.
If you're in a place where your jiu-jitsu is going smooth and you don't have much else to learn, feel free to click out of this page.
If, however, you are looking for a one-stop-shop for 99% of your problems as a beginner (or even as an experienced practitioner), then look no further. Click the link and purchase RISK FREE. If you are unhappy, all you have to do is send me a quick email and I will refund you, no questions asked.
-Brian, Black Belt Belt
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