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Top Reasons Why People Quit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (2023)

The reason people quit training Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is always unique. The reason behind one quitting might be completely different from why another quits. Most often the reason is boredom, lack of progress, or that they simply wanted to try out if BJJ was for them.

In this post, we will go through different reasons why people quit BJJ.

People quit BJJ because they get injured

One of the common reasons why people quit BJJ is that they get injured, and the recovery takes a long time. After six months or a year of recovery, it can be difficult to return to the mats. Especially, if that’s where they got injured and they are afraid it will happen again.

Here are some reasons, that are valid for skipping a BJJ lesson.

People quit BJJ because they don’t have time

For one reason or another, the life situations of people change all the time. They might get a new job that takes more time, or they might get kids. Whatever the reason, they just don’t have enough time and energy to continue their BJJ hobby.

If this is the case with you, it is possible to continue training BJJ even with fewer training sessions weekly. One session per week is a lot more than zero. More about how much you should train BJJ in this post.

People quit BJJ because it was harder than they expected

The reason some people simply quit after some time, is that Brazilian jiu-jitsu was harder than they expected. BJJ is not easy, but everyone can learn it. After watching some UFC fights on YouTube, for example, one might feel like starting BJJ or another martial art.

However, the reality is that learning and mastering BJJ, or any other skill takes time and effort that they maybe were not prepared for. They simply were not ready for the commitment and BJJ was harder than they expected.

People quit BJJ because They don’t have fun, or they have issues with other practitioners at the gym

Personal issues with other practitioners can become a big issue when training BJJ. If you do not get along with other people in your gym, training becomes mentally very exhausting. If this is the case, look for alternative gyms. BJJ is becoming so popular nowadays, there are a lot of gyms to choose from, at least in the bigger cities.

If there is no BJJ gym available, maybe some other martial art. Training in any martial art is very rewarding and can help you develop yourself as a person, as well as keep you in shape and to blow off some steam.

People get bored with BJJ

After a few months or years of training in BJJ, it can start to feel like doing the same stuff all over again. They simply need some change and might switch to another martial art, where they get to learn new things faster.

In every lesson, you learn a little bit less about new techniques because there is a limited amount of them. Eventually, you know them all, at least at some level, and feel like you are not progressing.

The fastest progress happens when you first start. Going from 0 to 10 techniques feels like a lot. the next 10 are not so big a deal anymore. After you already know 100 or so, learning another one might feel like it’s not that much progress. People need change.

People quit because BJJ is expensive

Sometimes, the financial situation of people changes drastically, due to one reason or another. Training BJJ can be expensive, depending on where you live and train. More about the cost comparison of BJJ in this post.

People quit because they started BJJ for self-defense

Some people start BJJ purely for self-defense purposes. As soon as they feel like they know enough and are not progressing as fast, they might quit.

It is true that if you get a blue belt in BJJ, you are way better off than the majority of people in self-defense situations. Therefore, after reaching a blue belt, for example, if you trained only for self-defense, you might feel the urge to quit and use the time for something else. Maybe switch to another different type of martial art.

Should you quit Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

The choice of whether you should quit or not is in your hands. BJJ comes with the cost of money, time and potential injuries. It also has a lot of benefits, such as staying in shape, maybe losing weight, learning new techniques, and potentially developing as a person.

I think BJJ is a great sport, and you should not quit without a good reason. More about reasons to train BJJ in this post.

Is BJJ safe?

BJJ overall is safe for being a martial art. There are no kicks or punches in BJJ, and it focuses mostly on ground fighting, which makes the risk of hitting your head smaller. More about the safety and dangers of BJJ in this post.

Why white belts quit BJJ

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White belts might quit because BJJ was too hard for them. They expected it to be easy, like the black belts in YouTube who make bigger guys tap out.

Maybe they don’t have enough time, or their financial situation has changed. I think the most common reason is that they simply didn’t enjoy BJJ as much, and they just wanted to test the waters.

Why blue belts quit BJJ

When becoming a blue belt, progress in BJJ seems much slower. This might lead to boredom and plateau, that you are not getting anywhere.

People who achieve blue belts might want to try something else. Learn something new, as it feels like they already know enough of one sport.

Final thoughts

People can quit BJJ or any other hobby for various different reasons. At the end of the day, the reason might be anything. It is hard to tell, but overall, these are some of the common reasons people quit BJJ.

For others, BJJ is the best martial art they could hope for. For others, it just is not. It is a question of preference.

Other BJJ-related posts can be found here.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day!


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.

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