Setting realistic goals in BJJ

Kroyler’s Pro-Tip on Realistic goals:

So Paulie and Kipperdoodles asked me to discuss realistic goals or proper goals for your first year oftraining...

So here itgoes...

Before we get too deep understand that discussing realistic goals is very difficult, that is because everyone starts their jiu-jitsu journey for their own reasons.  So, what I will do here is not discuss specific goals, rather I will discuss realistic goals you should have for yourself in regard to Jiu-jitsu alone.

Here’s what I mean, if you start jiu-jitsu because you’re being bullied or etc.  I won’t discuss the mental goals to learning to deal with that. I am sure Kip and Paul can explain this further.

Now onto the bulk of this pro tip…

When you first start training, these are the goals I would set for myself:

1.Learning the flow of class, what is and is not expected of you in class.

a.Generally speaking we have no idea what is expected of us, or in some cases we feel we “KNOW” what is expected of us.

2.Learning to learn, figuring out how to ask questions, figure out how to drill and the value of drilling.

3.Overcoming the poor mentality most of us have in regards to winning/losing to teammates during rolling and eliminating the fear of inadequacy. There is no reason for that we are all human and we are all trying to grow together, and if your school and instructor are not providing a healthy environment for growth then find a better school and instructor.

4.Understanding that everyone there, in your school, wants to see you succeed and help you improve and allowing them to help you.

5.Understanding that I may not be as coordinated or as good as I am.

6.Become more coordinated.

7.Become more aware during rolling.

8.To learn the entire basic course, if your school has one.

9.To learn to learn basicself-defense curriculum if your school has one.

10.To become a proper rolling partner.

11.To learn proper etiquette on the mats.

12.Learning to trust your teammates and your Professor. Your professor, if he/she is a good professor, will see your success and failures as his/her.  So, trust that they care and want you to succeed. IF your professor does not come across that way or does not care, find a new crew to journey with.

Notice here that none of these goals involved a certain number of techniques or a certain number of reps or number of training wins and losses. These are unimportant. Its much more valuable that we learn to have proper mentality and a healthy environment to grow in.

There short and sweet since Paulie was struggling with the longer Pro-Tips.

Kip Dice