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Reasons People Quit Jiu-Jitsu

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Believe it or not, people quit jiu-jitsu… lots of people, actually.

There can be many reasons why someone would choose to quit jiu-jitsu and it is often the result of a combination of these factors. Here are four of what I believe to be the most common, yet most easily avoidable reason people quit.

Burn-Out: Starting too quick can often lead to burning out before you even get the the fun and beneficial parts of training jiujitsu. Often we witness students who attend 6 classes a week for their first month, flood their social media with jiujitsu articles and talk endlessly about how they love training then, seemingly overnight, they vanish! Start slow at the beginning and build up the amount of time you train a week from 2-3 times a week when you start to 4, 5 or 6 times a week later down the track. Your jiu-jitsu will benefit from consistent long term training, so pace yourself!!

Ego: When you first start jiu-jitsu your ego will take a beating. You quickly realise that you are not as capable as you think you are. Being easily overcome by a smaller weaker opponent can sometimes leave you feeling utterly hopeless. Some people’s egos can’t take this and they quit. You’ve got to remember that everyone is bad at jiu-jitsu when they first start. Even that black belt taking the class struggled when they were a white belt!

Injury: Often the result of the above, injuries can occur in BJJ just like they can in any sport. However, there are easy ways to decrease the likelihood of injury. First of all, make sure you tap early. Remember with most submissions by the time its starts to hurt, the damage as already been done. Don’t wait for your shoulder to hurt before tapping to that kimura, if that arm bar makes your arm pop you’re already too late. It’s better to tap early and still be able to train the next day, than to get injured. One of the best ways to avoid injury is to listen to your body, if you feel tired or sore, maybe just do the techniques and sit down in the sparring. Of course you want to push your limits and improve yourself, but make sure you don’t push too hard.

Commitment: Often a lack of commitment can cause people to quit jiu-jistu. They don’t attend class as much as they should and as a result their progress slows, they forget techniques and they eventually quit in frustration. However, recently I’ve noticed a trend of people quitting because they can’t commit as much as they want. People who train 2-3 times a week quitting because they can’t train 5 times a week.
It can be frustrating not training as much as you want, but keep in mind that Jiu-jitsu is a lifestyle. You might only be able to make 1 or 2 classes every fortnight at the moment, but further down the track you may be able to make time. Quitting is not the solution. Stay focussed, plan ahead and keep training.

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