Monday, January 24, 2011


When you start teaching Jiu Jitsu for a living, your personal training often takes a backseat to making that living and maintaining your school.  Teaching martial arts is hard work, especially given the schedule some instructors have –- full days of back to back private lessons, group classes, performing upkeep on the gym and overseeing the financial matters of running a small business.  It’s often exhausting.

However you cannot let your Jiu Jitsu skills erode.  No matter what happens, as an instructor, it’s imperative you remain in tip top shape and your game stays razor sharp.  Again, that’s how you’re putting a roof over your head.  Your Jiu Jitsu is your job.  Luckily, instructors have each other and their BJJ associations which are like families.  Teachers and coaches often turn to each other for mutual support and instruction to become the best they can be. 

As Gracie Barra in Orange County (Dana Point) shows us, often the best way for high ranking belts to train and improve is via exclusive instructor only training sessions.  In this video, we get a unique glimpse into one of these workouts.  Black belts from all over hit the gym together, pushing one another in a spirit of camaraderie and community.  This is the training that keeps Jiu Jitsu players and their schools on top.  

1 comment:

  1. That will be really nice for street sports to only black belt classes and have all the instructors from the different locations to learn each others game at least once a month