Thought I would start a new post related to BJJ (with the gi)so we could try to answer any questions regarding the sport that ARE NOT RELATED to strength training.
So list your problems here. (ie how can I improve my cross choke? Why does my buttefly guard get passed easier then opening a 5th grade love letter)
Three pre-emptive answers.
You used to wrestle? Cool. Then spend your first three months out of your comfort zone, which means on your back. I have trained with a lot of very good wrestlers who were poor BJJ players because they would only play to there wrestling strengths. Wrestling doesnt seem to help much when someone good puts you in their 1/2 guard, and even less when you get put on your back. A good wrestler who can empty his cup and start BJJ with “I used to wrestle, therefor Im good at BJJ attitude” are the toughest guys I’ve sparred.
Put the gi on. I know you want to go no-gi so you can fight MMA, but put the gi on anyway. It makes your game tighter and requires you to think a lot more. My favorite example on this subject was when Marcello admited to training no-gi one day in six when prepping for ADCC. In my own experience, on the rare occasions I go no-gi I do just as well as anyone else (except I get confused sometimes looking for a lapel choke from the back)
Train more. If you want to go white to blue with a legit instructor in a reasonable amount of time you need to get in a minimum of three times a week. Although at first I wouldnt reccomend more the 4 days a week until your body is used to it. Once the cuts on your knuckles have scarred over, you can step it up