"If you do not quit, you will get a black belt"
Do you think this statement is true?
Persistence, consistency, and determination are all prerequisites to a black belt, but they are not the only ingredients required in the BJJ recipe.
Everyone can agree that if you do quit, you will never achieve a black belt.
Why do people quit BJJ?
People quit for many reasons:
- Lose interest in the sport
- Sick of sucking and losing
- Not seeing any progress
- The "blue belt blues"
- Time commitment
- Life priorities get in the way
- Move away from their gym
Out of this list, some things are in your control, and some things aren't.
I can't help you with your life priorities or your "lack of time".
What I CAN help you with is reducing your risk of injury.
What To Do About It
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."
I recently published a video titled "BJJ Injury Risk is Real... Here's What To Do About It"
In the video, I presented the current body of science on BJJ injury risk and injury risk reduction for sport.
Here's the footnotes:
- Injury risk in BJJ is relatively high (68% over 3 years)
- The majority of injuries come from sparring
- Submissions, takedowns, and guard passes have the highest risk of injury (in that order)
- You can reduce your injury risk by 50% by doing sport-specific strength & conditioning.
The best thing you can do to take your risk of injury into your own hands is to put in the work off the mats.
A minimum effective dose of 2 strength sessions per week is the "price of entry" to training BJJ.
"Just don't quit" may not be all you need to achieve your black belt, but it's a requirement.
Don't quit training jiujitsu because of injuries. Lift weights.
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