Excuses Are Like A**holes; Everybody's Got One

Excuses to Not Train Jiu Jitsu

My high school football coach had a lot of great sayings, but one has always stuck with me; “Excuses are like assholes. Everybody's got one.” Of course, this was many years ago, during a time when coaches could talk to their high school athletes like this without giving them PTSD or being forced to attend sensitivity training. Regardless, I think it still applies, especially to cops who aren’t training Jiu Jitsu.

I recently posted a question on our Instagram page asking other cops what excuses they’ve heard from their partners as to why they’re not currently training. There were many common themes, as well as some that were genuinely hilarious. Here are a few of my favorites, along with a breakdown of why they suck and have no validity.

Excuse: It’s Too Expensive

Why This Excuse Sucks:

While it’s true that some monthly gym memberships can be $200+/month, there are also many that offer discounted rates for first responders. There are also gyms that offer FREE training, and still can’t get cops to show up. I can think of one instance where my head instructor offered a full year of free training for an officer who was involved in a use of force incident at work and couldn’t get them to come in for even one class. I’ve personally offered a free, weekly Jiu Jitsu class at my PD and never had more than 5 people out of a department of 100+ express any interest or show up. 

While a gym membership is the ideal way to train, there are certainly other ways you can get started. Here are a few ideas:

  • Seek out a Jiu Jitsu grappler within your PD and get a club going.
  • Follow Jiu Jitsu Five-O on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, and find technique videos and drills to work on with a partner.
  • Find gyms in your area and see if they have any law enforcement-only classes and see if you can pay to just attend that class each week. Alternatively, maybe they have an option to pay for a certain number of classes without committing to an entire monthly fee. 
  • If you’re a trainer, ask your department to pay for it. God knows they spend more than the cost of an annual gym membership by flying instructors out of state to attend 3 day class where the trainee retains nothing. 
Instead of buying the $60,000 Dodge Ram, maybe buy a used one for $30,000 and invest the other $30K into a 20 year Jiu Jitsu membership. For real.

    Excuse: I Lift, Bro. I Don’t Need Jiu Jitsu


    Why This Excuse Sucks:

    I’m all about weight training and Crossfit. They’re great for strength and conditioning and should be part of your weekly routine. However, if you’re doing those things because you think they will also make you a great fighter, you’re lying to yourself. Being strong may help you hold your own in some scenarios, until you run into someone bigger and stronger than you. Believe it or not, those people do exist. I’m also willing to bet that most high school wrestlers could dominate 99% of cops who focus their training solely on strength training.

    Excuse: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt

    Why This Excuse Sucks:

    Our job is inherently dangerous. So is life. If you’re worried about getting hurt, you shouldn’t drive your $60,000 Dodge Ram to work, as you may wreck yourself and your truck. And by no means should you put on a police uniform to go “hunt the evil that people pretend doesn’t exist,” as that sounds REALLY dangerous. 

    Excuse: I Don’t Need Training. I Fight Dirty  

    Totally, bro. Just give him the ole’ dick twist.


    Why This Excuse Sucks: 

    I've heard a lot of amazing "I would" claims based on fake, hypothetical scenarios. "I would stab them in the neck with my pen." "I would knock that guy out." "I would do this, than that, than this again..." The reality is if you don't train in anything, you don't know what you would do. Under stress, it's difficult to do much when you don't have anything to draw from. That's how our brains work. We don't rise to the occasion, we fall back to our level of training. If that training consists of talking about what “you would do”, while wearing a tac vest and taking selfies in front of the mirror, you need to reevaluate your training regimen. If you don’t believe me, watch almost any police fight video ever posted to YouTube. We need to train Jiu Jitsu because it’s the most common thing we use on the street and gives us all a better chance to win fights against combative and uncooperative suspects. Don’t talk about it. Be about it. 

    Excuse: I'm Too Old

    Why This Excuse Sucks:

    Here's a photo of me and one of my favorite training partners, Pat. He's a 70 year old Jiu Jitsu black belt, who trains 6 days per week and smashes guys half his age. I've also caught him doing burpees by himself AFTER training on several occasions. When asked why, he simply replies, "to improve my cardio." Be like Pat.


    Excuse: I Don’t Have Time

    Why This Excuse Sucks:

    This is the most common excuse for most things in life. In reality, all we have is time. It’s just a matter of how we prioritize it. When I say I don’t have time for something, I know deep down it has nothing to do with time. It’s because I just don’t want to do it. Jiu Jitsu needs to be a priority, even if you can only fit it in two days per week. There are a million time wasters we could cut out of our lives to make time for the things that actually bring us value. Find what those are in your life and replace them with Jiu Jitsu.

    Go train. 

    // Jason 

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    Disclaimer: Jiu Jitsu Five-O is not associated with any law enforcement agency. All opinions expressed through the Jiu Jitsu Five-O blog, web site and social media channels are our own.


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