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Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Worth It? (Money, time, risks)

For someone who is wondering, if starting Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) worth all the money, time, and risks that it involves, this post is here to help.

In general, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is worth the time and money it consumes. It comes with a lot of benefits both mentally and physically. Of course, it depends on how costly your desired gym is and how much you are willing to put on the equipment, but in general, the benefits outweigh the costs.

In this post, we will go through whether BJJ is worth all the money, time, and risks it brings in. Let’s get started!

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu worth the money?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu can be costly compared to some other posts.

In general, as long as you enjoy BJJ and feel like you get more value out of it than you pay, it is worth it. It also depends on the costs and how much you have to spend on your hobbies.

There sure are a lot cheaper alternatives to BJJ as well. However, if BJJ is the thing you like, and it gets you out of your house to do some physical activity, the cost is not such a big factor.

On the other hand, there are a lot more expensive hobbies as well. The amount of gear requires to begin training BJJ is very little, compared to ice hockey, for example.

The cost of BJJ depends a lot on the gym you choose and the equipment you go by. With a little bit of research, you can save a big penny doing some comparison on the gyms and the equipment.

Sometimes, you don’t really have so many options when it comes to choosing gyms. Then it is really up to you to decide whether you are willing to pay the price.

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One thing is for sure, go check the gym out. Typically gyms offer one to three times of free trials, with no strings attached. You could attend with just regular sports clothing, you don’t have to buy everything ahead.

If you are more interested in all the costs of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I have a comparison chart comparing all the costs of BJJ, with gi or without one. You can read the post here.

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu worth the time?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu can be very time-consuming if you wish to maximize your progress. However, you don’t have to spend tens of hours every week in the gym. Even once a week is better than zero times per week.

Is BJJ worth the time? If you like BJJ then it is. There are a lot of ways to get your weekly dose of exercise, but BJJ offers a fun alternative to regular jogs or gyms.

With BJJ, you can improve yourself physically and mentally at the same time, without thinking about it too much. It is a great way to either stay in shape or get in shape. More about how BJJ can help you to get in shape in this post.

Therefore, BJJ is a great way to improve yourself in multiple aspects at the same time. I don’t think there are a lot of ways that offer such a high return on time invested. Not in the money-vise but generally speaking on the benefits you get for just a small amount of time spent.

All that being said, despite everyone else on the internet saying you should train at least 3 times per week to see any results, I am here to tell you that you can get results with training just once a week.

Training once a week, is a lot better than not training at all. Will it maximize your progress? No, but it’s a lot better than not doing anything at all. More about training BJJ once a week in this post.

On the other hand, you could train every single day if that is what you want. It is a timely very big commitment but can maximize your progress. More about training every single day in this post.

No matter how much or little you decide to train, remember that training even once a month is better than not at all.

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu worth the risks?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, like many other sports, comes with risks. BJJ, when done right, can be considered safe, and therefore, the benefits outweigh the risks involved.

BJJ when done correctly, at a slow pace can be considered fairly safe. But even so, it comes with risks.

So does almost every other sport. BJJ could be at the higher end of sport-risk-chart, if that is a thing, due to it being a martial art. But still, BJJ is fairly safe, and in my opinion, it is definitely worth the risk.

The amount of people getting serious injuries is really small. And the serious injuries that do occur, could have been easily avoided if done by safety standards.

Common BJJ safety tips are to take things slow and tap out rather too early than too late. Leave your ego off the mat.

In exchange for the small risk of injury, you get to meet new people, learn new skills, and exercise all at the same time. In the end, it is up to you to decide whether it’s worth it and if you can risk getting injured.

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu the best option of all the martial arts?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is on the safer side of martial arts. BJJ does not include punches and kicks, which could cause some serious damage.

Another aspect that makes BJJ safe is that it focuses on ground fighting. So in general, you can not fall from high and hit your head.

BJJ is also very effective. It is designed to focus more on technique, rather than strength. BJJ uses levers and structures to use the minimal force required to win a fight. More about levers and structures in this post.

If BJJ is not your thing, don’t worry. There are a lot of different martial arts out there that you can try out. I have a lot of information about different martial arts on my site, check them out if interested.

Final thoughts

So, do the benefits outweigh the costs and risks in BJJ? In my opinion, they do, easily. However, everybody has to evaluate the situation themselves and decide, whether they are willing to pay the price.

Here is a list to help you decide if BJJ is worth the risks.


  • Learn new techniques
  • Achieve new belt colors
  • Meet new people
  • Great cardio workout
  • Strength workout


  • Monetary costs
  • Time spent
  • Risk of injury

Those lists can be pretty much applied to any sport you decide to start. Every sport has its costs in time, money, and risks, in exchange for benefits.

Hopefully this helps you decide, whether BJJ is worth it for you.

Have a nice day!

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