Jiu-Jitsu Coaches: 5 Traits That Make or Break a Great Coach

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Discover what to look for in your Jiu-Jitsu coach and 5 fantastic ways they can impact your life for the better

Jiu-Jitsu Coach teaching at GYM

Jiu-Jitsu Coaches: 5 Traits That Make or Break a Great Coach

Discover what to look for in your Jiu-Jitsu coach and 5 fantastic ways they can impact your life for the better

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Photo by: Anett Meszaros

Many things in life are about learning. From a young age, we are constantly being taught something, whether it be how to write, ride a bike, or BJJ. But who you learn from has a tremendous impact on how well you learn nearly everything, your life, and how you grow as an individual. Virtually everyone has at least one example of someone they consider a great mentor. And everyone has an example of a bad one, unfortunately. Maybe it’s a schoolteacher, sports coach, friend, co-worker, or even a boss. 

Now, why do you remember them, these savants of teaching? What made them either good, bad, or not worth remembering? Which ones did you learn the most from? Coaching styles can and will vary, but the best coaches share similarities that form an excellent foundation for learning which we will discuss below.

Having the right Jiu-Jitsu coach will not only help you learn the technical aspect correctly but help you apply the martial art to your daily life to become a better practitioner and person on and off the mats.

So, what are some characteristics of an excellent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach?

1. They know what they are teaching – It may sound like common sense, but like anything, martial arts have questionable instructors. Making sure you found someone reputable and knows what they are talking about is probably the most important part if you really want to learn correctly and advance above the rest…. Look into their lineage, reviews, and the culture they built at their school. 

2. They create an atmosphere that promotes learning – Everyone wins, everyone loses, and everyone learns. Often through trial and error and a lot of tapping, haha. Having an environment where it is ok to make mistakes and grow takes a lot of pressure off. It’s also way more fun.

3. They have values and morals that they preach AND practice – Martial arts in particular; promote a person’s growth. There are many examples to choose from; however, respect, humility, and discipline come to mind. It’s easy for someone to tell you how to act. But a great coach also “walks the walk.”

4. They push you to become a better athlete/person – Progress comes out of your comfort zone. At the time, being pushed over your limits might make you feel like your coach hates you, but you will realize it’s because they want you to become better.

5. They have your best interest in mind – Great coaches look out for their students. They want them to succeed. A good coach will often go the extra mile to see their students succeed. Even if that involves some sacrifice on their part.

Now, are these the only things that make a good coach? Of course not!

But these 5 traits are commonly shared by good ones and should be a part of your Jiu-Jitsu coach.

After all, if you are reading this, I’m sure Jiu-Jitsu has become more than just an activity to break a sweat and burn some calories… It tends to have that effect on nearly everyone. With so much to learn and so many ways to improve your life, having a great coach to pass on the true Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle is paramount for success on and off the mats. So, give yourself the opportunity to get the most out of training. The right coach can and will make all the difference in what is undoubtedly a fun but sometimes frustrating lifelong sport and lifestyle! 

Train on and choose wisely who you learn from.




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