I can say this because I am new to the Art…! Despite a lifetime of training in sports, and many years of other Martial Arts…I still leave with a sore neck! *LOL*
What I LOVE about Jiu-Jitsu is that it is about technique. It is about being strategic and learning how to maneuver even when you are outweighed and outsized – as a 142 lb woman (5’6″), I want to know EXACTLY what I need to do, without completely exhausting myself, to maintain control, and submit, or get free.
Even with a background in movement, as you learn to fight on the ground, you may find yourself using too much energy and gassing yourself out. While it may be instinct to fight back, it is a surefire way to tire yourself out, leaving you vulnerable to well-executed counter attacks, or the sheer brute strength of an opponent.
As my awesome instructor says, “just chill. Wait for your window of opportunity and take it…but until then relax and let your opponent exhaust himself.”
Perfect advice from where I’m rolling! 😉