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BJJ All Alone

There is going to be a time in your life when you just cannot make the gym to train. It is going to kill you when you are not able to hit the mat a few days a week. But life sometimes gets in the way. Then when you finally do make it back you feel rusty. We have all been there and if you are just starting out you will.

I have had many people ask me what they can do on their own to drill. I have to admit this can be tricky. It can be hard to find things to do alone to better your jits.  Throughout time, I have figured out a few things that you can do alone and that will help you maintain you jits.  I do many of these drills here:I now find myself doing these with my workouts all the time. These are great to do when you are on vacation or out of town and cannot get to a gym. What drills do you like to do? How often do you do drills?

Don’t Chase the Belt, Let the Belt Chase You

Don’t Chase the Belt, Let the Belt Chase You


One thing about Jiu Jitsu is that it takes a very long time to get good at it and it takes a long time to become a black belt. That is what separates it from all other martial arts. Or that is one thing that separates it. Unlike other arts, you won’t be getting a black belt in two years. I think that is why so many people give up on BJJ so early. It takes a lot of work, sweat, and tears to move up. The society we live we expect everything to happen right now, instant results, or a magic pill to fix everything. Well, everyone is different in training and some will progress faster than others. If you ever want to start training these are a few things you need to expect.

I know I have become frustrated with my training in the past. There will be times when I feel like I can train and hang with almost anyone on the mat. Then I struggle with people that I use to dominate just a month or so ago. One thing about jits is that you mentally need to be tough. There are going to be times when you feel stuck and just cannot move on. We all have been there. Crap, I was there not too long ago myself. Always remember to just keep training and pushing yourself. Soon this will pass by you and you will be better for it. I know that sounds easy but it really isn’t.

One time in my jits journey I was stuck in one of these bad moments. I didn’t feel like I was getting better or progressing with anything. I trained harder and more often. At the same time, I still wasn’t getting any kind of promotions. See in BJJ between each belt you get stripes. I was so hungry for something. We all are human and love to be praised. I don’t care who you are. We all need a little bit of love.  That is one thing that can make training in Jiu Jitsu frustrating is that it takes time for promotions. I had a very wise friend tell me once don’t chase the belt, let it chase you. Once I heard that things got a lot easier. I focused on me getting better at BJJ and could care less about a belt color. That is the beauty of jits. That’s really why we train. Or should be.  It doesn’t matter who has the best bjj gi, technique, or the most strength. It’s about being the best YOU!

Types of BJJ Practitioners

Types of BJJ Practitioners

When you start training in BJJ you will see there are many different kinds of practitioners. There is nothing wrong with either of them. They all can benefit the gym that you are training at in their own very way. I have been in the BJJ game a long time and I have fallen victim to many of these types that I am about to explain. I am only going to discuss 3 of them today. I do think there are probably more but these are you most common ones out there.

The first one is the hardcore, balls to the wall, never miss a class type of person. This player you can tell just loves BJJ and everything it represents. They are always at class and always talking about techniques and are very eager to learn more. I fell into this category at one time in my BJJ life.  The only problem that this person can get burned out of the sport in 6 months to a year. A lot of people do this. BJJ is not an easy sport and it takes a toll on your body. I like to say jits in a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy the ride and learn as much as possible when you train.  It is impossible to get a black belt in a year so do not kill yourself along the way.

Then you have they guy that loves to compete in BJJ. They will train at least 3 days a week but more if they can. The beauty of jits is that you can compete or just train. I have done some competitions so I know how much fun it is to do. These people like to push themselves to limit and love a challenge. Normally they are your more series ones on the mat.

Now you have the hobbyist. This person trains 2-3 days a week. They come in do work, get a good workout in, and then head home. I find myself in this category now. I really think this player will normally be in the jits world for the long haul. They are not killing themselves and are able to train consistently. In the BJJ world that is key to getting better is consistent training.

I could name a few more but I really think these are your main 3 you will see. Which one are you? Have you seen any of these guys before? Until next time ossss!!