1. How long to get blue belt bjj?
There's no simple answer. I got my black belt in 1995 (I think,) and since then have been working hard at improving myself as a martial artist....and eventually got to brown/blue in 2002 and now blue in 2006, and am still learning everyday. It doesn't happen overnight.
2. What Are Your Goals?
My goal was to become competent enough to teach others what I had learned, so after a few years of training, I started teaching others. Now I'm just trying to improve my skill level, keep my students happy, and continue to train and learn.
3. How Much Time Do You Have Per Week To Practice?
For me, it varies depending on a lot of factors, including school work, family obligations, etc. My typical week would consist of 1-2 full days of class, 1 day of rolling out, and 2-3 hours of practice per day.
4. What Is Your Weakness As A Student Or Practitioner?
Not being able to do something right away. In other words, if I don't know how to do a move and I watch someone else perform it perfectly, I want to imitate them and try to replicate their movements exactly; however, if they seem to do something slightly different, it throws me off and I find it difficult to follow along.
5. What Would Be Your Ideal Practice Schedule?
Monday: Class (if possible) Tuesday: Rollout Wednesday: Practice Thursday: Classes Friday: Practice Saturday: Classes Sunday: Rollout Monday: Repeat
6. Does Anyone Help You Out?
Sometimes I'll ask a friend who knows about Jiu Jitsu to give me suggestions on things I need to work on. Other times, I'll hear a technique I'd like to learn, and immediately seek out the person who did it, and ask them what moves they used or any tips they might have on how to execute the move correctly.
7. Any Tips On Learning?
Read! Read everything you can get your hands on. Even if it seems unnecessary, read it anyway. If you're not sure whether or not it applies to you, read it anyways. That way, you're getting some general knowledge, even if it isn't directly applicable to your situation. Try to go beyond the basics...you don't have to memorize anything. Learn to understand a concept, and then learn how to apply it to real situations.