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Training BJJ Once a Week (Is It Enough?)

Is training Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) enough to progress? Once a week is not much, but it’s a lot better than not training at all. Training once a week is enough to see progress over time.

Have you ever heard of anyone, who has trained BJJ once a week for a decade, who is still at the starting point? I have not.

It is a common myth among BJJ forums and gyms that you should train 4 or more times per week to see any progress. It simply is not true. If your life situation only allows you to train once a week, it is much better than not training at all.

Training once a week allows your body to fully recover

Training BJJ only once a week allows your body to heal and recover from the previous training session.

Compared to training every day, where on some days you could not reach your full potential due to too short resting periods, training just once a week those training sessions are more efficient.

More about how often you should train BJJ in this post.

Once a week is much better than zero times a week

Like I have said before, training once a week is a lot better than not training at all. It is where the biggest impact happens.

When you begin to add more training sessions through the week, the impact of each additional session will get smaller.

Moving from 0 to 1 training session per week the impact is huge.

From 1 to 2 training sessions per week, the impact still remains big.

Going from 2 to 3 sessions, the impact and result of the additional sessions is still visible, but not as big as going from 0 to 1.

From 3 to 4 sessions, the impact of additional sessions gets smaller again.

From 4 sessions to 5, 6, or 7, the impact of each additional session might be more harmful than it does good. You might train with half speed and half energy, compared to having a few full energized training sessions per week.

More about training BJJ every day in this post.

Hopefully, you get the point, sometimes less is more.

Final thoughts

So, is training once a week enough? Sure it is. Your progress will just be slower compared to training twice or three times per week, but you should only compare yourself to yourself. Not to someone who trains 5 times a week and got a blue belt in 8 days.

Training BJJ just once a week can and probably will have a huge impact on your life. And on the flip side, your Gi won’t wear out as fast as it would otherwise. You also will have much more time to recover from the previous training sessions.

How many times you train translates somewhat directly into how fast you progress to the next belt. More about how long you need to train until you get the next belt in this post.

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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