One of the questions new students to BJJ ask me is what they should be doing outside of class. I always recommend them to read Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell. Written by world champion Saulo Ribeiro this book breaks down Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by what the main focus of each belt rank should be (Survial, Defense, Guard, Passing and Submissions). The focus on the white belt should be on surviving and posture. Now will the white belt also learn submissions, of course! However because of their lack of experience, most of their time will be spent in defensive situations and if they can learn to survive in these bad situations, then they will get more opportunities to work on their defense, guard, passing and finally the submissions. The longer I train Jiu-Jitsu the more applicable I think this book is. Looking back on my long time in the art I really did focus more on guard as a purple and more on passing as a brown and now finally as a black belt I get to spend a lot of time on submissions. Did I learn these submissions before black belt? Yes. But I didn't get to spend such a large portion of my training time on them as I do now.
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