2015 is almost over and you’re running out of time to come up with your New Year’s Resolution ideas. If you haven’t made some yet – YOU’RE IN LUCK! Check out this list of 20 of the best BJJ Resolution Ideas, and pick a few that apply to you. Remember, the goals you set are the goals you get! So, write a few down that inspire you and get going!
1. Get more training time on the BJJ mat
The only way to improve your game is to practice. And the only way to practice is to show up to the gym. In 2016, dedicate more time to training at the BJJ gym.
2. Introduce someone new to BJJ classes
BJJ is like an awesome SECRET club. Let someone else in on the fun! Bring a friend, family member, co-worker, or even a stranger on the street in to try BJJ classes in Austin, TX. The more, the merrier, right?!
3. Help a white belt improve techniques
Teaching others will actually help you improve. Take a white belt under your wing. Help them work on a technique, or spend extra time rolling with him/her. Your help won’t go unappreciated and you’ll intellectualize and understand your own favorite techniques in new ways as you learn better ways to express them.
4. Learn a new, ridiculously hard submission
No matter how many submissions you know, there will always be more to learn. Maybe you saw one on Metamoris last year, or you watched your instructor do it in class. Pick a technique and spend the upcoming year mastering it.
5. Enter a competition
Whether you’ve never competed or you’re a seasoned veteran, make a resolution to enter a BJJ competition… AND WIN!!! It will give you something to work towards. And the pressure of competition will tighten your game in ways you may not yet even realize!
6. Win a medal in a competition
This is a little more ambitious than the last goal, but not impossible. Pick a competition, and go for the gold.
7. Eat healthier- all the time
Eating healthy makes you better on the mat. It’s sad…but true. Work on being just a little healthier this year, and watch your BJJ improve. Whether you cut down on sugar or start the Gracie Diet, you’ll see a change.
8. Work on your flexibility
Have you tried submitting super-flexible grapplers? It’s not easy. Spend extra time stretching and improve your flexibility over the year. It can elevate your grappling to a whole new level.
9. Improve your strength
Strength comes with BJJ training, but there’s always room for improvement. Work on getting stronger by dedicating yourself to building muscle two or three days a week.
10. Last longer on the BJJ mat
Endurance is CRITICAL in BJJ. This year, do some extra cardio so you can handle longer rolling sessions. Run a few miles or swim a few laps during the week and your endurance will improve.
11. Perfect your basics
Even black-belts practice their basics. Work on getting all of your basic techniques down this year. Tired of hip sweeps? Keep practicing. Even after you can arm bar like Ronda Rousey, keep improving.
12. Less negativity on the mat
Training can be frustrating, but being negative only makes things worse. Make it your resolution to stay positive while you train. It rarely ever helps to “Celebrate Your Disappointments” by investing more energy into them than necessary.
13. Give back to the community
There are plenty of ways you can use BJJ to help your local community. Find out if there are any opportunities to teach kid’s BJJ classes to children in need. At Aces Jiu Jitsu Club we work with Sweat Angels to give back with every Facebook checkin helping a family in need by promising a portion of our existing dues!
14. Try something new
Try something new to help improve your BJJ. Go to a yoga class, join a swimming club, or even try attending no-gi BJJ classes.
15. Spend some extra time watching BJJ technique videos
You can learn BJJ whenever you want. Dedicate some time to watching videos at home, so you can really master the martial art. I hear CerebralBJJ is a great find!
16. Work on getting better takedowns
You might like pulling guard, but it’s still good to know how to get your opponent to the ground. Focus on takedowns in 2016. Having good takedowns can give you a major advantage in competitions.
17. Drink less alcohol
Drinking hurts you on the mat. Party less (or party without drinking), and you’ll have better training sessions.
18. Lose some weight
Weight loss is a popular resolution even outside of BJJ gyms. Losing weight might help you perform better on the mat, or allow you into a lower weight-class in competition.
19. Push yourself harder
Take your BJJ classes in Austin just a little more seriously this year. Go the extra mile in class. And heck, even do some extra drilling -not JUST rolling-of your favorite techniques each week.