Here are 10 tips every white belt should follow

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For some time now, GRACIEMAG has reserved one page of its printed edition for a black belt to give 10 tips to the brave white belts around the world. We have selected 10 of the best tips recently published to give you a taste. If you want to get brand new tips every month at your home, subscribe to GRACIEMAG now here.

Trust and be trustworthy! NEVER hold a submission after three taps. When in doubt about whether your partner tapped, let go immediately—better safe than sorry. When striving to be a better and more reliable training partner to your coaches and training partners you create a safer and more enjoyable environment in which to learn. If you don’t have fun, it’s not worthwhile. Jiu-Jitsu is training for the rest of your life. Each step must be effective; after all, art is the best habit you can acquire in life. – Felipe Costa (Brasa)

Concentrate on your “ABCs”. Don’t get ahead of yourself by trying to learn everything, especially not if you do it in a hurry. Beginners need to focus on the basics, even if it feels repetitive. Imagine you’re going to write a book, and as you go through the process you’re learning the sounds and shapes of each letter, to then learn to fit them together to make words and phrases. So don’t rush through; get it in your head that shrimping and rolling are as important as can be. – Jorge Britto (Toronto BJJ)

Jiu-Jitsu is about details, details and details. It’s normal that a white belt observes a position and then misses one detail or another when repeating it. Obviously, the technique won’t work the way it should and the student may give up on it. Drive home the details of every move until the student feels confidence and pleasure in applying it in training. – Christian Uflacker (Uflacker Academy)

Practice good habits. Your body is your spirit’s temple. It’s the first vehicle you use to come and go. Just as we have to take care of an automobile that is in a good state  of repair, our body too needs to be cared for in order for it to function properly. Therefore, sleep and eat well, as we are what we eat, drink, and as incredible as it may seem, how we sleep.  – Carlos Alberto Liberi (Gracie Barra)

Physical conditioning work helps a lot. Explore all the angles so the student will able to meet their potential. Of course, you have to be keen to their physical maturity. – Bruno Bastos (Bastos BJJ Midland)

Find the right academy. Be careful in choosing a qualified academy that fits your expectations. Inform yourself on the professor’s curriculum, and visit the academy. Take a trial class to see if you feel comfortable in the environment and with the staff and training partners it has to offer. Training must make you feel well, and the right atmosphere is crucial. Once you choose an academy, stick with it and trust your professor. – Frederico Tisi (Tisi JJ)

Dispel all excuses not to train. Most instructors at JiuJitsu schools demonstrate positions in a sequence. If you skip class for silly reasons, you miss out on one of the facets of the position and won’t understand the overall array your master is getting at. – Lúcio “Charlie Brown” (Gracie Barra)

For someone who doesn’t do Jiu-Jitsu, having bulging biceps tends to be seen as a sign of a powerful athlete. Forget that. The most important part of a fighter’s body is his core – the abdomen, lower back, chest and back. Work at building a strong core and exercising your hips. Discuss how to strengthen and train these areas during warm-up with your teacher. –Rafael “Gordinho” Lima (Florida Start Academy)

Start competing, don’t be afraid. Championships can work as an explosive ingredient for you to train with more excitement. The one who loses trains more to win, and the one who wins trains even more not to lose the throne. – Abmar Barbosa (Drysdale BJJ)

Test yourself all the time. If you have a friend who sweeps well, try to pass his guard. If there is a guard passer at the gym who doesn’t relieve pressure, pull him to the guard. If your mate has a great base, train with him standing up. Use the strengths of others to polish the flaws of your game. – Sid Jacinto (UAEJJ)

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