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This is common. Some people actually stop training altogether because they feel they have plateaued and became bored.
What to do about it?
First, expect it.
Second, appreciate it. Jiu Jitsu is not easy. If it were too easy what would it be worth? It’s hard to separate yourself with the amount of subtleness needed in Jiu Jitsu. Appreciate the complexity and challenges Jiu Jitsu offers. Embrace Jiu Jitsu.
Sometimes you feel like you are not getting better if you are training with the same people day in and day out.
Maybe you have become unexcited to go to Jiu Jitsu class. You may not pay attention as much. You may just come to roll and this may be why you are not seeing results.
Set short-term realistic goals. AND be realistic perspective-wise. Jiu Jitsu is fun but to get better it also is work. Again, if it were easy it wouldn’t be Jiu Jitsu. You can’t just show up and expect results. You have to have an intention or focus for better results. You may even have to do extra.
Example Of Short-term Realistic Jiu Jitsu Goals: I want do not want to get tapped when I roll with John tomorrow. I want to sweep Bob one time. Or I want to know how Mike sets up his choke on me so I will let him have my back.
Just like that, do or learn one thing per day. Write it down. Make progress. You are getting better. Getting better feels good. Studies show kids who do not feel good at their sport are more likely to quit than others who feel they are getting better. So don’t be too hard on yourself. Trust the process.
Don’t get caught up or worried about getting tapped or wins and losses in training.
Keep having fun, try new stuff and laugh it off. Improvement is what you should focus on and it’s not always a linear process. If you feel like you are getting worse maybe it’s because you are not using what you are best at and are trying to get better at something new you are trying. So you may actually be getting better and going through the process of evolution within a certain area. Or someone else is putting in extra time perhaps.
Plateau is all about perspective.
If you need time off take it. If you need to cross-train at another gym speak with your professor then do so. Jiu Jitsu is for life, it is a marathon rather than sprint so don’t be hard on yourself and keep it fun.
It’s that simple.
What about You? How do you deal with plateauing in Jiu Jitsu?