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Brazilian  Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an enormously popular martial art. This is why you see so many BJJ schools are opening all over the world. Of course, the presence of a school is not the main indication of its value. The number of students enrolled in the school is. When you look closer at these students, you will see many training as frequently as possible and others train when their schedule permits. Since BJJ schools often offer unlimited training per month, there is a lot of flexibility available in terms of how often a student can train.

But, how many days a week should a student train? This is an important question that needs to be asked and answered. There are active and athletic students that train virtually every day of the week and there are also those that have to train far less because training too often leads to them becoming sore and somewhat broken down.

Really, you do not want to become sore or too beat up to train. That does no one any good. When you are over-trained, you end up missing days of class. Does that help your ability to progress in BJJ? Absolutely not!

Again, different people’s bodies will react in a completely different manner to their training regimen. There is, however, a safe medium that you can follow in order to be sure that you avoid over-training. That medium would be playing it safe and training about three days a week.

These three days should not be consecutive. The reason for this is you want to at least one rest day in between the three workout days because your body will need time to recuperate and heal. When you do not get the proper amount of rest, the body will start to break down. This is where all those aches and pains come from. Those that are older BJJ practitioners will be more than familiar with such pains which is why they might be more willing to take such breaks than younger BJJ’ers. However, just because you are young does not mean you are invulnerable. Over-training can affect anyone at any age.

There are going to be those serious minded BJJ players that want to train each and every single day. They reason they wish to do so is not all that difficult to figure out. They just want to become very good at the art of BJJ. Here is a little news for those that have such desires in mind: frequency does not always equate with quality.

The true value of the class will be in the quality of the instruction combined with a good attitude for learning. In short, you need to enroll in a good class and then make the most out of it when you are in the class. This means you should py very close attention and ask pertinent questions when they arise. (Of course, you should ask them at the appropriate time) Follow these very simple steps and you will find it is a lot easier to get the most out of your three day a week training plan.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an extremely technical martial art.   The belt requirements for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tend to be a lot stricter than other forms of martial arts and takes more time to progress to the next belt.  This can be frustrating to students because in such a fast-paced environment; people don’t have the patience to take the time needed to go from a white belt to a blue; blue belt to a purple and so on…and so on…  Some students either quit prematurely, or they will stay but never feel as if they will ever achieve a black belt.

This is a reminder to not be discouraged if it is taking a lot longer than you want to get your next belt.  You must continue to move forward in your studies. You should always aim to be the best White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belt that you can be.    With time and patience; you will grow and evolve.  To be a blue belt is very different than having a blue belt; however, its a sad thing when you see a blue belt get the “belt blues” and start slacking off or quit all together because it takes a great deal of time and commitment to reach purple belt status.  It is a great loss when this happens.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t based on belts.  It’s based on the art; belts are your reward for your dedication and are there to mark your progress in BJJ but they do not define you as a martial artist.



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