The Three Secret Shortcuts To Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu The Fastest Guaranteed.

Do you ever get the urge to let go and let your training partners pass your guard, mount, take the back and even submit you in training? You learn the most in training when you get submitted or “smashed.” I think you learn even more when you get submitted or smashed and receive constructive instruction.

Some practitioners think that they need to train at the academy with the best people. Having high-level training partners that always beat you in training may not be the best solution.

If you are getting submitted and receive no constructive instruction about the mistakes you made, it does you no good. Time on the mat is always good but your technical skills won't benefit from it.

Getting Submitted

It can get mentally exhausting always putting pressure on yourself to win each and every round of sparring. Look at your grappling career as a marathon, not an intense sprint.

Let your training partners take dominant positions on you when you roll. Resist the temptation to resort back to your “A Game.” Stick with what you need to improve on and don’t let your ego get in the way.

Imagine being mounted or having your back taken in a street fight by an attacker with similar BJJ skills and size. The outcome would most likely not be good. Now imagine finding yourself in the same position after being stuck in that position millions of times.

Mat Time

It's important to keep a consistent training schedule to see improvements. Mat time is probably the most important aspect of improving your BJJ game. Secondly, you should find an academy with an organized teaching curriculum.

Compete in tournaments

Fabio Santos said it best, “One tournament is like taking thirty classes. Its a slap of reality to have someone go at you one hundred percent.” I can testify to this first hand.

When I competed in tournaments, I could see a big difference in my game when I trained against my partners who didn't compete. Progress is slightly slower if you don't compete.

When you train in the academy you aren't held to the fire, even during the intense rounds with your training partners. In addition, when you compete, you find out what part of your game works and doesn't work in a trial under fire.


Organized learning and consistent training are the key takeaways for this article. Regardless if you're an experienced BJJ practitioner or a beginner; Adding these important training values to your regimen will guarantee your success.