As the first week of the new year swings into full gear, many gyms will see an increase in
attendance and new sign-ups. This does not exclude jiu jitsu gyms, so as people come back from
vacation and plan their New Year’s Resolutions, they may look for a new outlet to get in shape.
This is one of the most common items on a list of resolutions – to be more healthy.
The most important thing is to maintain that resolution throughout the entire year. On the first
of January, motivation is high to make the year the best one yet. As the month progresses,
some people will have already given up and say they’ll try again next year. The others will
continue on their path for the next month, but the key is to follow through all year. By then, it’s
To keep this resolution fired up all year, the first step is finding a gym near you that fits your
needs and goals; if you’re unhappy in a gym, you won’t want to continue and that will put a
stop to your year right away. Next, invite some friendly faces with you; your kids, co-workers
and friends may all have the same resolution atop their list – what better way to stay motivated
than by forming a group to train with? Find this gym; find these people; and go for it.
If you already train however, don’t stop. Create your own goals within your training. Maybe you
add one more class per week, or want to compete, or advance to the next stripe or belt. Even
the most decorated and successful black belts face ruts where they don’t feel motivated to
train. But having mini-goals along the way can keep you from losing focus.
If you’re in Mansfield or Arlington and have “get in shape” or “find a new activity” on your list,
Stoic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help get you there.