Returning to the Jiu Jitsu mats after a long layoff.
Once we are in a consistent routine it is often easier to stick to the routine. It often doesn’t last forever though and once we get out of it is where the trouble begins.
People sadly who leave their Jiu Jitsu training routine sometimes never come back. Many blue and white belts stop completely because something messes up their routine and they get used to normal life again. It could be because of a job, a family or an injury. Bottom line is that finding time again may be hard because now the routine is a routine void of Jiu Jitsu.
Let’s take a look at three tips that can help get you back into your Jiu Jitsu routine after a long layoff.
- Doing consistent scheduled bodyweight exercises at home or going to the gym to exercise. This tip will help the people who have the excuse “I’m not in rolling shape anymore.” I can’t say it’s a valid excuse because BJJ will get you in shape but let’s just say it is (because it commonly is). Spend a few weeks getting extra time in working out and when it starts to accumulate spend that time at Jiu Jitsu instead (or do both now that the ball is rolling).
- Get to Jiu Jitsu 2 days a week. If your school has early morning classes this should be a cinch. If not and you have a family and a long day job get in two classes, one at night and one on a weekend. If you can’t get this time away for your health which will in turn help you provide for your family then I’m not sure what to tell you. If it’s important enough to you work out a deal where you do something extra for your family so you can get the mat time in return.
- Set an attainable goal. Maybe it’s to lose ten pounds. Maybe you sign up for a tournament. Set yourself up for success and put yourself on a schedule for success in getting back on the mats. I’ve talked to dozens of people who have done similar to this and succeeded. Consistency, even in limited amounts will soon add up.
These are just three simple tips to get you back on the mat where you belong. If you have any other tips feel free to comment below.
For further reading check out this post about Starting Jiu Jitsu While Out Of Shape. It really adds to the current post you are reading