People start Jiu-Jitsu for a variety of reasons, whether it be learning self-defense, getting in better shape, or personal development. But one thing we can all agree on: Jiu-Jitsu is addicting. Once someone gets started, often the next question they have is, “How often should I train Jiu-Jitsu?”
The answer to that question depends on several factors and is different for each person. In this blog post, we'll discuss some things to consider when determining how often to train, as well as some tips for getting the most out of your training sessions.
Factors to Consider
The reality of learning any type of new sport or artform is that frequent practice is one of the main drivers of any individual's success. You may have heard the phrase, “Practice makes progress,” and training Jiu-Jitsu is no different. Whether you're starting out with health or weight loss goals, or you’re already an athlete, the primary way to improve your BJJ is getting out there on the mats and letting yourself see the progress you make as you embark on your Jiu-Jitsu journey.
What do you hope to achieve from your Jiu-Jitsu training? If you're just starting out, you may want to train two or three times per week to build a foundation of basic skills. If you're more experienced, you may want to train more frequently to improve your technique and compete.
How much time do you have available to train? If you have a busy schedule, you may need to limit your training to two or three times per week. However, if you have more flexibility, you may be able to train more often.
Your physical condition
How fit are you? If you're not in good physical condition, you may want to start by training less frequently and gradually increase your training as your fitness improves.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Jiu-Jitsu Training Sessions
No matter how often you train, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your training sessions in order to avoid injury, improve your techniques, and stay consistently motivated.
Warm up properly
A good warm-up will help to prevent injuries and improve your performance. At Gracie Barra, we start each of our classes with a brief group warm up to get our bodies moving and ready for training. The warm up includes dynamic stretches, light cardio exercises, and movements that increase our heart rate and blood flow.
Focus on technique
Don't just go through the motions. Focus on learning and improving your technique. Even if you’ve learned a technique before, there’s always new ways you can improve it. Listen for new details you haven’t heard before and focus on tightening those up when you drill with your partner.
Ask for feedback
Ask your instructor or training partners for feedback on your technique—especially if you’re
struggling getting the technique right. Our Professors at Gracie Barra are here to help you have success with Jiu-Jitsu, and your partners are there to help as well! Sharing the knowledge and different experiences we all have in Jiu-Jitsu is what makes the Gracie Barra community special. We all make each better—and feedback is a big part of that.
Jiu-Jitsu is supposed to be fun! If you're not enjoying yourself, you're less likely to stick with it. Find your reason to show up and give it your all. Some days are going to be easier than others, but remember that it’s not about winning or losing—it’s about winning or learning.
The frequency with which you train Jiu-Jitsu is a personal decision. There is no right or wrong answer. The most important thing is to find a training schedule that works for you and that you can stick with. By following the tips in this blog post, you can get the most out of your Jiu-Jitsu training and achieve your goals.