Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a lot of fun. When you start training, you’ll probably want to attend a class every day.
However, this is setting yourself up for a fail. Getting good at Jiu Jitsu (or anything for that matter) is a marathon, not a sprint. So to get the most out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you need to train for an extended period of time.
Daily training is not right for 95% of beginner students. They simply won’t be able to keep up this pace of training, and will quickly burn out and lose the enjoyment of training.
So how often should a beginner look to train?
How often you train will depend on several important factors, including your fitness level, your available free time, and how much you can afford.
But for now, let’s assume the academy you join offers classes every day of the week, and you can afford to train that much.
We’re making these assumptions because if either you can’t afford to train every day, or there aren’t classes for you to attend then your decision is made for you. Instead, let’s address the issue of time and fitness level.
Time is the only thing you can’t get more of and it’s important you consider it before you over-commit yourself. A typical beginner’s BJJ class lasts for about an hour. On top of that, you also have to travel to and from your academy, get changed, and probably what to chat to your friends and training partners.
All of these things take time. So while the class is an hour you can add at least 30 min before and after that for travelling, changing, and chatting. That one hour beginner’s class takes two hours of your time.
If you train three times a week, that means you’ll have to find an extra six hours per week just for training. That can be incredibly tough for most people when you include family and work commitments. This is an extremely important consideration when before you over-commit yourself.
The second area to think about is your fitness level. Unless you’ve trained a grappling art before, Jiu Jitsu classes will present an entirely different your fitness experience. You will use muscles you didn’t know you have.
It is incredibly common for beginners who consider themselves in great shape to be exhausted after one hour of Jiu Jitsu training and sore the next day. Your body will take time to adapt to any new activity, and it’s important not to rush this process.
So what’s the ideal number of classes for a beginner?
Two to Three classes per week with a day’s rest between each class is plenty for most beginners to start with.
Just two classes per week will allow most beginners a decent level of technical progression, while not overloading their schedule and enable them to recover between classes.
However, if you are only training twice a week, make sure you give your full effort and attention whenever you’re in training. Taking notes, asking questions, and focusing on your training will help you make the most out of your time on the mat.
As your body adapts and you become used to the demands of training you can then add in a third, fourth, and fifth day of training.
The bottom line when it comes to attendance is; quality and consistency are more important than quantity and always try to balance your training with your personal and professional life.
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