White to Blue Belt – Beginning Advice for Students Starting Out

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  1. Edward February 13, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Great advice!

  2. John F February 14, 2018 at 9:54 am


  3. Joshua W February 14, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Great advice. I have a hard time using the right amount of strength… usually my ego gets in the way… Are there any keystone drills that make other techniques easier? Or will this just come with time?

  4. ROBERT C February 15, 2018 at 10:53 am

    This has definitely been a issue in my Jiu Jitsu journey. Do you have any advice on how to train myself to relax maybe even tips on things I can practice outside of class? Thank you.

  5. Anthony R February 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks Henry. You are 100% correct about relaxation! As an older jiu-jitsu white belt, I always thought I needed to use strenght to survive with bigger guys and speed to last with younger guys. I always tired quickly instead of just relaxing. In a street fight I’m not sure if I can relax?

  6. isaac s October 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Great stuff thanks!!

  7. Dennis O October 13, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    This is a concept that I have been really focusing on in my rolls. The majority of my training partners are bigger and stronger than me. It’s easy to try to match their strength but I end up just gassing out. Breathing and relaxation during rolls is a key concept.

  8. Angel T November 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    thanks for the in site. very good stuff

  9. Thurman L November 12, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the advice Henry

  10. Ed F November 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Being older (a lot older) and smaller, weaker guy in class. It is hard to relax. But I try very hard to do so. However, easier said than done. Hard to execute technique when I am pinned and pressured and look like s stuck earthworm on a hot pavement.

    Any tips on how to relax? And really, what does that mean. When I ask 10 different people, I get 10 different answers.


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  13. Victor B July 18, 2019 at 11:52 am

    This really IS one of the best pieces of advice. A lot of the members at my gym go full blast and are gassed out by the second round of sparring but still try to muster strength in every movement. Since implementing this idea, I’ve noticed more strides in my technique, openings I’ve never seen before, and better timing. This concept takes the stress out of rolling. It sounds so simple. Thanks for changing my outlook Henry!

  14. Joshua F November 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm


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