It is hard when you first start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to know how to protect your body from injury. Everything is so new, and every movement feels awkward and counter intuitive. However, it is important to develop body awareness not only for your own safety, but for your training partner as well. One of the most common ways a beginner sustains an injury is simply because they don’t know what movements put their body in danger.
Another common cause is lack of conditioning. Strength training along with Jiu Jitsu is extremely important for injury prevention. If a beginner is not conditioned, and they get arm bared or something gets tweaked the muscles may not be developed enough yet to protect it. As you practice BJJ more and begin supplementing your training with strength training your body adapts, and is better able to handle these sticky situations. It is important to give your body time to adapt, and not let your ego get in the way. If you get caught in an arm bar in training don’t be a hero, and see how long your arm can last before it pops. Tap and live to train another day, instead of being forced to sit on the side lines for weeks due to a hyper extended elbow. You’re a beginner, you have so much to learn, so take the opportunity to ask questions after the roll about how to escape the arm bar correctly, or how to not get caught in it in the first place. Enjoy your Jiu Jitsu journey, and soak up all the knowledge you can, by learning techniques rather than just hulking out of a bad situation risking injury to yourself, or your training partner.
We have a plethora of knowledgeable, and successful Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes. The instructors are here ready to teach you valuable techniques and answer any questions you have, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn under them
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