I’d recommend going to www.grapplearts.com and downloading the free Roadmap for BJJ book (or app, if you prefer). Kesting does a good job of outlining basic info that any new BJJ student should know to put their instruction into context.Good to know, thank you!
I'm a structured person so I was looking for that. I will just go with the flow, question and research on my own what I need to know.
None really. We just sort of did stuff.
Gracie Combatives is the white belt curriculum for Rener & Ryron Gracie’s academy and their affiliates. It’s a pretty good intro to the art. When I was teaching beginner classes I ripped a lot of it off. It doesn’t really cover all the conceptual foundations of the art, but it does help the student become acquainted with some important principles.I don't know which branches of BJJ do this, but some have a set curriculum at the beginning. For one group, this is the "BJJ Combatives", which is pretty self-defense oriented and isn't just ground work. That said, I don't really think that material is foundational to the rest of BJJ (that's a not-fully-informed observation), so still doesn't really fit your expressed wish for a framework.
Your training partner is important to your learning in any grappling art. If they don't understand, they can't feed drills properly, won't know when and how to cooperate on early drills, won't provide useful resistance on later drills, and you don't get a chance to learn from where they outclass you. A really good partner - not just highly skilled, but good at being a partner - can be as important as a good instructor.Your training partner makes a HUGE difference. Was with one blue belt last week that just didn't get anything and I got very little out of it. That will happen anywhere. The following class I had a great blue belt to work with that knew what he was doing. Open mat will be crucial too to really nail this stuff down. I may look into a grappling dummy if I stay with it.