BJJ: New Year (and Life) Resolution

Posted by Jon Grilz

Jan 20, 2015 7:01:31 PM

Will This Year Be Different?

MTT new year resolutionIt’s that time of year. Things are going to be different. You are going to eat healthier, you are going to exercise more, you are going to drink less.

New Year’s resolutions are  a dime-a-dozen and they exist in BJJ as much as anywhere else. People disappear from gyms between Thanksgiving and Christmas only to return en masse come New Years.

New motivation, new goals. It’s time to get to work…

But for how long?

BJJ is like anything else, it’s a journey. It isn’t a once in a while thing, it is a constant. Take a couple weeks off the  mats and your cardio goes in the tank.

But this year will be different. This is a year you are going to buckle down and really work. Less talking and more drilling. You want that blue, purple or brown belt.

Maybe you just want to get started and figure that the New Year is as good a time as any.

But what’s different about this year? How have you changed so that you know these Jiu Jitsu goals and resolutions will make any difference?

You need to start with small, tangible goals and build up from there until it becomes routine, reflex.

Start here:

15min-          Do 10 reps of every movement/technique/drill without stopping

-          Arrive 15-30 minutes early to every class with one specific drill or question in mind to focus on during warm-ups

-          Attend no less than 2 classes per week

-          Do at least four rounds of open rolling after every class

Start simple. These aren’t insane notions only held to and maintained by world champions, these are attainable goals that you can do easily, just so long as you want to. And once you start simply, your body will change, your mind will change and you will start to see progression without realizing it was even happening, all because you dedicated yourself to something so simple that it didn’t even occur to you that it would change anything.


This is a game of inches…no, millimeters. It takes years and years and years to develop your game, your attack. It won’t just happen this year, but it will happen. It takes time. It takes a lifestyle.

This isn’t a resolution for the new year, it should be a resolution for the rest of your life. Make the commitment to yourself and the rest will fall into place on its own.

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