Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Goals and Quick Tips on How to Keep Them

With the New Year just around the corner, it is time to make those New Year resolutions. Most people are going to continue making the same resolutions about weight loss, financial stability, to quit smoking or drinking, to find love or maybe even learn a new language. These are some of the usual New Year resolutions, but I wanted to see if there have been many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu resolutions set and what some of the examples were. is a site where people can document things they would like to achieve as goals. I did a couple of quick searches for BJJ and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and this is the result of the inquiry: 

 64% of people want to start training or learn BJJ

25% of people want to earn the next belt ranking

6% want to Compete or win their division in tournament

"When setting a long-term goal, find the pace necessary to achieve it." Rickson Gracie

 Based on statistics and previous data I have found 78% of people never complete their resolution. That means, three out of those four people that wanted to learn/start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will never do it. That is an eye-opening statistic!

I think people make these goals just like any other goal, just with broad vision and specifics. Many people rather deal in generalities than in specifics. Zig Ziglar says, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

It is okay if you want to earn your next belt, which is an admirable goal to have. How would you go about achieving getting your next belt level? What are some steps to take to start training and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Here are some quick tips to achieving your goals:
1)      Make them SMART Goals (Specific, Manageable, Attainable, Realistic, Trackable)
2)      Write them down-
         Studies show that you are 80% more likely to achieve your goals if you write
         them down
3)      Tell a friend-
    Who else to hold you accountable and keep you on track other than a friend?
4)      Post them up somewhere-
           This is just a reminder to keep you focused
5)      Set small goals to achieve the big ones
            Once you achieve some small goals you start to feel a sense of completion and
            Getting some momentum going your way
6)      Reward yourself
     When you achieve success, reward yourself with a magazine, CD, or whatever      you want.

Some of my goals this year:
1) Post at least one article and try my best to keep the blog updated
   I am hoping to do some interviews and product reviews for 2012

2) Achieve 200 hours of mat time ( that is at two times per week)
This is something that I think is achievable with my current schedule. It will give me the mat time that I so need.

3) Drill techniques 50 times each side
I am hoping to accomplish this on Sundays to improve my fundamentals

4) Compete in at least two tournaments
Uncertain how unstable the beginning of the year will be with my family, but
 I will definitely do some towards the end of the year. I was only able to compete in one tournament this year.

5) Visit at least a couple of schools in some different areas either for Seminars or just to train
This is something I have wanted to do for a couple months now,
Now that the baby is getting old enough to travel, am hoping I can hit up some during vacation

            6) Improve my note taking
          Get in the habit of taking notes and jotting down techniques. I do it but not all the time. 

7)  Try to get my Crossfit back on track
           That is one area of training I think that has helped my cardio and Jiu jitsu skills

8)  CLEAN my diet up!
           When I eat like crap, I roll like crap and have no energy. Before I fell off the wagon and went into a diet coma, I had a ton of energy and could roll several rounds and not worry about a break

9)  Take some private lessons
I think this will point out some errors I have been making
What are some of your goals for 2012? How do you plan on achieving them?


  1. Great goals. Need to start working on mine. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Thanks! 2012 is going to be a good year and it has already started off great! I hope you accomplish all your goals. Are you planning on competing in more crossfit or Bjj stuff?

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