Does A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School Need A Curriculum?

Does your school have a bjj curriculum

Curriculums have been used more and more as Jiu Jitsu has grown. Before curriculums it was in many cases whatever a professor randomly felt like teaching that day.

Today curriculums are nearly essential as marketing and as implementation for a thriving Jiu Jitsu business.

Many students and teachers alike seek structure. This makes it easier for them to know what to do and what to expect.

Some curriculums come in booklets or are even online and on video. Some may even be interactive where the student can supplement their own flare on the techniques or fit to their schedule.

A new student coming in likes to understand what they have to do in order to progress and/or achieve rank. When I ran a school one of the most common questions I got rightly or wrongly was how to get a black belt or asking “How long does it take to get a black belt?”

It isn’t to say that you cannot be successful if you teach at random. Some schools have a beginner curriculum or self-defense and their advance classes are more random or particular to what the professor sees happening within the academy.

One thing I see that 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu students do on Instagram is post videos of themselves doing the curriculum techniques. It shows a lot of ideas and different styles within their methodology that help it evolve.

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If one does have a curriculum it would be a good idea to be open to changes as the sport evolves ever so rapidly. It should be periodically reviewed as most professors and leaders like to be on the cutting edge of their technique.

So what are your thoughts or comments about a Jiu Jitsu curriculum? Does your program or affiliation have one?


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