No matter how long you’ve been training Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll probably encounter times that you feel like you’re not making any progress. You might be making progress that’s hard to identify, or you’ve set some wild expectations that just aren’t realistic.
Here are some common mistakes that could affect your progress on the mat and how to fix them:
1. Inconsistent Training
One common mistake that you might be making as a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is inconsistent training. If you train one or two times a week for a few weeks, take a week off, and then come back, you won’t see much progress. However, if you commit to a consistent routine where you train two to three times a week for several months, you will make noticeable progress.
2. Lack of Fitness
Jiu-Jitsu can get you into great shape. However, sometimes your fitness level needs a boost with some supplemental strength and endurance training. If you feel like your fitness could use some work, take the time to make it happen. Not only will you be able to notice the benefits, but you’ll also reap the rewards.
3. Being Okay with Boredom
How do you feel about your training? Motivated and excited or kind of bored and burned out. If you’re bored, it’s time to find new ways to challenge yourself. Get out of the comfortable run and learn something new. You can’t make progress when you’re stuck on a plateau, so find some ways to mix things up and chase down a challenge.
4. No Current Plan or Goals
If you don’t currently have a plan or goals that you’re working toward, it can seem like you’re not making any progress. Set some well-defined SMART martial arts goals for your training. Then, lay out a plan on what you need to see results.
5. Lack of Patience
Your Jiu-Jitsu journey will not be full of moments of instant gratification. Progress takes time and patience. So, if you find yourself setting unrealistic expectations around quick and easy improvements, you’re also setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, set realistic expectations around what you can accomplish in a certain period of time and then commit to the hard work and effort it will take to achieve your goals.
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