Unfortunately, not all Jiu-Jitsu students come from a Judo or Wrestling background, where takedowns and throws are constantly on the menu. Where hours upon hours are dedicated to learning how to take someone from a standing position and “hitting them with the Earth”.
As a rule, beginners should focus on learning grip fighting and takedown defenses. However, for those more experienced students with little or no takedown training, the focus should be on takedown defenses and grip fighting to counter throws.
Interestingly, this will help you improve your takedown and throwing offense. Exposing yourself over and over to being attacked with standing grappling, and consistently applying defenses, will over time develop your touch senses. Eventually, you’ll begin attempting your own standing attacks and counters to help even the score.
Also, if you’re not young, most people take a long time to develop shots, or throws, which consequently helps you to improve your defenses and counters.
Learn. Drill. Roll. TRANSFORM!