The Training Whore

If I'm honest I've trained at two major clubs in my life. The one I am currently at (in Sydney) and the one I trained at for 3 years in the USA. Both are Gracie clubs, Both have Black Belts.

My attitude when it comes to clubs and where you practice is to stay loyal to one, but occasionally branch out and roll somewhere new. The challenge with just training in one place is you start to become very familiar with your buddies game and inevitably you start to develop a little posse of people you like to roll with.

Fresh Meat

New clubs offer new instructors and different looks at the game of Jiu Jitsu. My Arizona club did 2hr sessions which included 1hr of rolling. My Aussie club does 1hr sessions, but you can do multiple sessions in a night getting to roll with a focused crew. One gym has a very structured and methodical approach, one is a little more free-form and dynamic.

Throw in seminars at other gyms and it only grows your exposure to different people playing different games. Variety is the spice of life, but it should be tethered to an investment in one particular gym. Have your home-base gym but take the opportunity to roll occasionally at other places. It will only improve your game.

Wise Words

Don't be some BJJ whore who floats between multiple gyms never connecting and investing into a team. In the same respect don't become so one-eyed that you never get the chance to grow your game because you only ever roll with the same 10 people.

 

- by Duncan Robinson

Comments

  • Nice piece of writing as usual Duncan.I agree that having one gym as your main training gym is very important.The beauty of being part of the Gracie Humaita family in Sydney is that there is an understanding amongst the affiliated gyms, that members can train once a week at other Gracie gyms without charge.This is an awesome way to expand your experience in all things BJJ.

    Posted by Maurice Chan on December 16, 2013

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