Your Jiu-Jitsu Success Checklist

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A checklist of important topics to consider in your Jiu jitsu planning and training to maximize results both on and off the mats

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Your Jiu-Jitsu Success Checklist

A checklist of important topics to consider in your Jiu jitsu planning and training to maximize results both on and off the mats

Location: Canada

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Photo by: Duncan Graham

Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that requires continual effort to become fluent in, and achieving that next level of proficiency only comes through hard work, dedication and perseverance. There are many different facets of the art that are required for success and longevity. If you want to excel at jiu-jitsu, you will need to sort through various layers of technique and understand the intricate systems that the techniques make up. 

There is also a line of balance required when moving forward and is often a delicate objective to maintain. The new jiu-jitsu player who obsesses over the martial art often goes to every class and does so for 6 months and then burns out. Understanding the variables involved in becoming successful at Jiu-Jitsu and grappling is confusing but manageable. I recommend creating a list of what you need through your Jiu-Jitsu Journey to help bring the next level of proficiency on the mats to your fingertips…. And that’s precisely what we have for you below.

It is common knowledge that you need to put time into your training. How many classes do I need to attend? How do you balance your training with your work schedule? Family schedule? What if I can’t participate in class due to other involvements? How can I take what I learn in class and apply it in my own time to maximize my path to success? These are but a few questions involved in the path to achieving in jiu-jitsu. Although not everything is required for success, the following checklist includes some important topics to consider and implement in your life. 

Checklist to success:

1. Training partners for instructional classes

It is essential to have consistent training partners during instructional classes that push you to excel and help you by being a good partner. There is a tremendous amount of discrepancy between working with a partner where both of you understand the movements and having a partner you don’t mesh well with. You must be somewhat selfish with your partner and ensure you can work with them for the training session. You want to get the best training possible, so grab them at the start of the class to make sure they don’t go with someone else.

2. Training partners to train with outside of class

It is vital to have partners with who you can train within the off hours of class. It is beneficial to have people with whom you can get extra practice, repetitions, or more sparring in with, whether it be lunchtime, early morning, or late at night. Having consistent training outside of class allows for extra sessions to learn new techniques and the ability to practice old or preexisting movements. The more work you put in, the more you will see the results. 

3. Several training uniforms (Gi’s)

It is essential to have several Gi’s and/or no Gi gear to help ensure that you can train consistently with no interruptions. To maintain proper hygiene, you must make sure you are washing your uniforms frequently, and in doing so, you need to allow time to dry. It becomes troublesome to increase training frequency if you don’t have the required equipment. Along with having several Gi’s, it is important to have a few belts that you can use for competition, training in other schools, and even in your own club if you wash your main one.

4. Friends in other gyms 

Success is found not only in your own club but all with friends in other gyms. For the most part, your school will develop a style of game that is familiar. It is important to have friends in other gyms in which you can train when you travel. Each gym has a different style, so testing your skills with unfamiliar games is vital in fixing holes and finding success. Minimizing training when you cannot train in your local school is never an excuse when you can bring your training gear when you travel.

5. Calendar to keep track of progress or future events 

Life is busy, and keeping track of everything that goes on is difficult and often overwhelming. Having a calendar to keep track of various training opportunities will help to give your brain a rest and keep your life in order when it is tough to do so. Calendars are helpful in keeping track of tournaments, seminars, and when you can sneak in your supplemental training. Organization is a key to success and helps to control burnout. 

6. Jiu-Jitsu bag with goodies

When you are looking to head to class or develop a pre-class mentality, it is important that you set up and pack all your gear. You need your uniform, water bottle, rolls of tape, and your supplements. Alongside your training gear, you will want to pack a towel and soap for showering at the end. Having a jiu-jitsu bag allows you to get pumped up and be ready to participate. Nothing is worse than getting to training and forgetting something. 

7. Right type of attitude 

Probably the most important on the list. When it comes to training, you need to understand that jiu-jitsu is hugely a mental game too. If you have a defeated mindset before you walk in the door, you will not have an enjoyable experience. Terrible attitudes are poisonous and can drag you down before you can fully achieve a reboot in attitude. Understandably, you will not always be one hundred percent in your mood, but by having an attitude of persistence and wanting to learn, you will be able to push past the negative thoughts. Ideally, you want to let all your days stress out at the door and be prepared to have a rejuvenated and clear mind on the way out.

8. Various supplemental training opportunities

There are days when you just can’t find a partner or make your way to the mats. It is crucial to be able to utilize your time to help better yourself and your jiu-jitsu. Some supplemental training opportunities are weight training, flexibility training (stretching), cardiovascular training (treadmill, elliptical, etc.), match watching, and technique research. The trick is to use your time wisely to do everything you can jiu-jitsu related.

Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that requires time and effort to become successful. Having a checklist of topics to help your game flourish is advantageous to understanding what is needed to move ahead with progress. The above list has some topics and ideas that are not necessarily “required” but will aid your training greatly by giving you guidance and a solid routine for growth. Everyone trains differently and crafts their own routines and paths. What works for one person may not necessarily work for the next all the time. It is essential to craft your own list and include what works for your schedule. 

Give these 8 success practices a shot, adapt them to your liking, and watch your game and jiu-jitsu knowledge flourish. 

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