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How many times a week should I train jiu-jitsu?

How many times a week should I train jiu-jitsu?

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Hey, coach, how many times a week should I train jiu-jitsu?

TRAINING SCHEDULE DEPENDS UPON INDIVIDUAL GOALS

That is going to depend on your goals. I’d say if your goal is to use Brazilian jiujitsu as an outlet, and you find it therapeutic, then you train as many times as you need for YOUR mind/mental health. If your goal is to take your jiu-jitsu and make it an acceptable art form or martial art for self-defense, then I’d say two to three times a week. If your goal is to be an active competitor, and you want to compete, you know, monthly, I’d say double it and train 4 to 6 times a week. Obviously, this varies for kids, you do what you can, and they’ve got other priorities, other things going on, education, and often other sports.  If you tell me that you want to be a world champion, I’d say you probably want to double that, training somewhere around 8 to 12 times a week depending on who you are and what brackets you are in.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION?

So you’re looking at something like 8 to 12 times a week. , and a lot of people hear those numbers and their first thought is “Ah, I can get away with doing, you know, a little bit less here, a little bit less there.” The reality of it is you cannot. At the highest of levels, you’ve got guys that eat, breathe, and sleep jiu-jitsu. You’ve got guys that wonder where they’re going to get their next meal from. , and their only source of income might be some type of trade where they clean their jiu-jitsu academy, and they sleep on the mats. Like you got guys that their motivation isn’t, oh, you know, I want to go, maybe I do want to train, maybe I don’t. Then there are these guys with the mentality of “Hey this is my path out of the fa villa. It’s like, a whole different mindset.

FIND YOUR REASON, FIND THE WHY FOR YOU, FIND YOUR BJJ

And whenever, you’re fighting for your next meal, or you are fighting for your future in a way that’s all too real that you feel it in your stomach, in the form of hunger, that hunger becomes something completely different. It becomes a drive. It becomes willpower; it transforms your entire purpose to where that’s all you do. You end up with one single-minded goal. There is a saying on the mats “The mats don’t lie” and they do not lie. The reason that we say that and what that really means is that if you’re training, and you’re doing the things that you’re supposed to do, it’ll show. Like, I’ll know when we grapple. It’s very evident. , and keep in mind, I’m not just talking about just jiu-jitsu. I’m talking about independent study, film review, solo drills, and private lessons. I’m talking about strength and conditioning. I’m talking about diet. I’m talking about nutrition, I’m talking about mental health. I’m talking about all these facets, of a world champion. Like you have to have it all, the average person DOES NOT.

NO SHORTCUTS, NO CHEATING, THE MATS DO NOT LIE

You can try and cheat the system, and you can do a little bit less than what I just laid out, but with jiujitsu, as it gains popularity, the competition goes up and up. What a blue belt was 10 years ago is not what a blue belt is now, a blue belt now, it’s like, man, they’re tapping out some browns and blacks. Whether you want to attribute, that’s a dilution of the sport, the art, you know, a lot of people like to say that maybe, maybe there are people that don’t deserve their black belt out there. I don’t think it’s that. I think it’s the evolution of the game, and you either evolve or you get left behind. You’ve got to be studying, you’ve got to be reviewing film, and you’ve got to be understanding some of those core concepts. So, how many times a week should you train? As I said, It depends on your goals.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO DREAM YOUR DREAMS WITH YOU

So if you don’t know what your goals are, then, then you can’t ask that question. You’ve got to figure that out first. , you know, at Stoic, we try to meet people where they are, and we try to make sure that the direction that we push our students is the direction that they really want to go. I’m telling you right now, if you come and tell us that your direction is to be a world champion, then we’ll push you toward it. That’s fine. We know what competing is like at a high level. , but it’s not for everyone. And that’s okay. You have to understand that’s okay. And that’s why it’s even more important to define your goals. Write them down, and figure out what you want for yourself, okay? Not everyone can put the same amount of time in, and that’s okay.

NOT JUST AN ACADEMY BUT A FAMILY – A STOIC FAMILY

There’s nothing wrong with it. There are still benefits, there are still things you can get out of it. So, yeah, it’s, your journey. , it’s not a race. , the belts are just a visual representation of time put on the mat. And I mean, respective is a skill. A lot of times they correlate, and sometimes they don’t. People will have been on the mat for a year or so and you know, some D1 wrestler comes in and mops the floor with you, and you’re like, oh my gosh, I spent two years just to have that happen to me. It’s useless. It’s not useless, okay? It goes back to defining your goals. What does jiujitsu mean to you? What is it for you? Not, what is it for your best friend? Not what is it for everybody else? What is it for you? What does it mean? It’s your journey. Enjoy it.

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