Setting Your Jiu-Jitsu Training Goals for Next Year

Setting Your Jiu-Jitsu Training Goals for Next Year
As we approach the new year, we want to help you set clear, achievable Jiu Jitsu goals to elevate your control and defense skills, plus your overall physical and mental health. Whether you currently train, or are thinking about starting, these goals can help guide your training by giving you specific goals to focus on. 

Goal #1: Perfect the Fundamentals

Start with the basics. Whether you’re new to Jiu Jitsu or looking to refine your skills, mastering fundamental techniques is crucial. Focus on guard passing, guard retention and prioritizing defense. Learn and focus on fundamental concepts like framing, leverage, base and grips. These are not just techniques; they are tools that could be life saving on the street. Check out our entire beginner BJJ video series in the Five-O mobile app for a comprehensive course on fundamental Jiu Jitsu. 

Goal #2: Improve Your Fight Fitness

Grappling is physically demanding. Lifting weights is great, but fighting requires endurance, strength, and flexibility - all of which also happen to be vital for police work. Set a goal to improve your overall fitness. This could include specific cardio and strength training exercises, along with regular Jiu-Jitsu practice sessions to build stamina and agility. We offer private, one-on-one coaching for premium members of our app, if you need coaches to help you along the way. 

Goal #3: Developing Tactical Application

As a police officer, you need to train Jiu Jitsu as it relates to common scenarios on the street. Set a goal to do as much positional training as you can, and work from positions that simulates real-life policing situations. Things like arm extractions, takedowns from the escort positio and Kimura handcuffing tactics are great examples.

Goal #4: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Jiu Jitsu is not just physically demanding, it also challenges your mental toughness.  It teaches you how to be comfortable in uncomfortable positions and situations. Set a goal to focus on the mental aspects of Jiu Jitsu, such as remaining calm under pressure, which is a critical skill in law enforcement. One of the best things you can do to achieve this is by starting in the worst positions when doing positional training, then trying to work out of them. For example, start in bottom side control. Set a round timer for two minutes, with the goal being to escape. Over time, this teaches you how to be comfortable from bad position, slow things down and remain calm. 

Goal #5: Build a Training Community

Training with fellow officers can foster a sense of community and shared purpose. Aim to build or join a Jiu Jitsu training group within your department. This not only improves your skills but also enhances teamwork and camaraderie among officers. If you need ideas on how to do this, you can download our free guide, showing you ways to get admin on board with a Jiu Jitsu training program for your police department. 

Goal #6: Continued Education and Advanced Training

Jiu Jitsu is a journey, not a destination. Set a goal to attend advanced training classes, seminars and workshops. Watch technique videos and learn new skills, even when you're not able to make it to class. Download our app to learn techniques for almost every situation you will find yourself in on the street. 

Goal #7: Evaluate Your Progress

Finally, it’s crucial to set benchmarks and evaluate your progress throughout the year. Regular assessments will help you stay on track and adjust your goals as needed. Have specific things you want to improve, then track these things throughout the year. Record yourself rolling so you can go back and see what you did right, and areas that you could improve upon. 

Setting these goals for the upcoming year will not only enhance your Jiu Jitsu skills but also contribute significantly to your preparedness as a police officer. Remember, Jiu Jitsu training for law enforcement is about more than learning control and defense; it's about a lifestyle that can greatly improve your overall well-being. 

If you'd like more info on how we can help you improve in 2024, send us a message and let's get after it. 

Go train. Oss! 

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