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!!