Can you train Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) if you have bad eyesight? Bad eyesight should not keep you from training BJJ. As long as you can see something, it should be enough to train BJJ. It is more about the feel and how you position yourself, not the details you have to see, as in boxing, for example.
There are some ways you can train BJJ and actually see something if you have really bad eyesight. Options include keeping your glasses on during the instruction phase and taking them off afterwards, or having contact lenses. More about both options and problems having bad eyesight brings when training BJJ later in this post.
Can you train BJJ if you have glasses?
If you have glasses, you probably should leave them out when you go to the session. Or at least take them off when you test the techniques yourself or drill with others.
If you have really bad eyesight, keeping the glasses on during the phase your instructor is showing you how the moves are done can help you out. Make sure you put the glasses somewhere where they cannot be destroyed by accident.
Take the glasses off fast enough. You don’t want your partner to have to wait for an extra minute after every technique is shown. Make it swift and find a place to put them beforehand, so you and your training partner can train efficiently.
Another alternative if you usually wear glasses, and have really bad eyesight, is to get contact lenses and wear them during your BJJ training session. More about training BJJ with contact lenses below.
Can you train BJJ with contact lenses?
Training BJJ with contact lenses is very much possible, and they should not be an issue. If you have really bad eyesight, contact lenses might be the best option to go by. Even though you can train with bad eyesight, it is much more fun and better to train, if you can actually see what you are doing.
So, can contact lenses fall off when you train BJJ? They can fall off, but based on a lot of experiences I have heard, them falling off is very rare. It could happen if you get hit in the head, by accident. They can also move so you have to readjust them.
Overall, if you have bad vision, training with lenses is a much better option than without. If you can not see how the techniques are taught, it will be a lot harder for you to do them yourself.
If you don’t have contact lenses yet, but plan on getting them for training BJJ, talk to a doctor or eye doctor about it. They might have some tips and tricks than can help your training even further.
It depends on how rough you train with contact lenses, if they will fall off or not. Based on various sources, I have found that on average, people who train with contact lenses have one falling off every 6 to 12 months or so while rolling in BJJ.
Issues that come with bad eyesight when training BJJ
If you have bad eyesight and are not using contact lenses, there might be some problems when you train BJJ. First of all, it might be hard to perform the techniques yourself, if you can not see how the instructor does them.
For this problem, wearing glasses during the period where you just watch is a good fix. Leaving your glasses off when you do the techniques yourself after that ensures your glasses won’t get smashed. You cannot roll and train BJJ with glasses on. They will almost certainly break.
Another issue you might be facing is that if your eyesight is really bad, you might not be able to identify your training partner or instructor among the rest. If this is an issue for you due to really bad eyesight, contact lenses might be a good way to improve the quality of your BJJ training.
Eye protection for BJJ
Even though it is very rare, and I have never actually seen anybody wear goggles when training BJJ, if you want to protect your eyes just to be sure, you can wear goggles of some sort when training.
This becomes even more handly if you see your contact lenses falling off often. Wearing goggles keeps your contact lenses in place easier, and if they fall, they can not get far.
Eye protection is not something that would be my first concern when training BJJ. However, I know some people who already have bad eyesight might want to protect it. If you wish to wear goggles, go ahead.
So, does having bad eyesight prevent you from training BJJ? The answer is no. Depending on how bad your eyesight is, there are various fixes. If you can still see without glasses, you might be good to go even without any help.
Can you train BJJ with glasses on? No, training BJJ with glasses on would make them break, almost certainly. However, you can wear them when your instructor is talking and showing new techniques and take the glasses off when you go try the techniques.
Contact lenses are a good alternative to seeing barely anything. They rarely fall off during the session, and if they do, keep and extra pair or just continue without. Not the end of the world if one happens to fall off.
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What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.