30 Day BJJ Challenge!

In today’s post I’m going to ask you to do something. Don’t worry, it’s not hard, I’m not asking you for money or anything of the sort. What I will ask you to do is something that will really help your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game if you follow through with it. It has the potential to rapidly increase your learning curve in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu yet sadly most people who read this will nod their head and agree with me but still NOT follow through with it!!! (Yes this is frustrating for a coach!)

 What I want you to do is choose one technique and do 500 repetitions of it in your own time over the next four weeks. That’s it, it’s that simple! And believe it or not, this simple idea has the ability to really take your game to the next level.

 For beginners I recommend you start with a basic technique that you have already worked on a lot with your instructor. The reason for this is simple; I don’t want you to drill a bad habit or incorrect movement. So if you are a beginner, forget the latest rolling knee bar you saw on YouTube or in the UFC and focus on the basics, something like a “Hips Escape from Side Control”, a “Double Unders Smash Pass” or an “Armbar from Closed Guard”. Now where do you find the time to do these reps? Easy, either you get to class 15 minutes early and ask your instructor’s permission to drill the technique before class. Or you stay back and drill the technique after class for 10-15 minutes. If you are able to do this you may even be lucky enough to get additional input from your instructor while doing your reps. Believe me if you start doing this regularly your instructor will sit up and take notice as it is not often that a student dedicates time to drilling the fundamentals!

 If you are at an intermediate level say blue/purple belt then a good idea for you would be to choose an area that you have trouble with when rolling. For example defending the “DoubleUndersSmashPass”, or developing you squeeze and finishing the “Guillotine” choke. While these areas may not be the most fun to train, they are generally the ones that will help lay a solid foundation and pay big dividends when you roll! Again the emphasis here is drilling, not rolling. I say this because intermediate level students tend to get the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu bug and want to roll every chance they get as it is so much fun and their minds are like a sponge soaking up information!

 For advanced students, I highly recommend that you focus on a transition between techniques. In my opinion with regards to high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Transitions is where it’s at! Choose one position and work on your transitions from there, get your timing and execution down and keep sharpening your techniques! Enjoy the challenge and remember that ultimately, you are responsible for your progress. The only person you cheat is yourself by not taking up the challenge and following through so step up, hit these 500r eps in the next thirty-day and watch your game transform!

Good Luck With Your Training And Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom



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