Jiu-Jitsu is an art that always has room for personal improvement. If you’ve noticed that your progress has been slow or non-existent lately, there could be an obvious reason why. Check out these four most common reasons for stunted improvement to see if any might be what’s causing your own struggle.

You’re Not Practicing Enough

As with learning any skill, practicing at least 15 minutes a day is better than not at all. A lack of practice is one of the biggest hindrances students will see to improving their Jiu-Jitsu skills. If you wait a week between each lesson, you are more likely to forget what you learned and never progress. Practicing is the reinforcement students need to advance in their skills by keeping techniques fresh and encouraging improvement. One practice a week will pause your progress, and two will allow you only to maintain. The ideal number is three or four times a week in order to improve and perfect your skills.

Many students make excuses that their schedule doesn’t permit them to practice as often as needed, whether that’s because of work, school, or family. Just keep in mind that the amount you practice/don’t practice will have a direct effect on your skill level. If you are passionate about improving, you will find time.

However, it is actually possible to practice too long or too hard. While practicing 4 times a week is optimal, training 7 times a week may push your body and mind too far. Too much practice puts you at risk for injuring your body or possibly overthinking your techniques. They key is balance.

Your Instructor Isn’t Good at Teaching

Maybe they aren’t necessarily a bad teacher, but it is possible that you learn differently than others. What works for most people may not work for you. If you think this may be the problem, consider what sort of training method you might benefit from and either talk to your instructor about modifying their lessons for you or find an instructor who can accommodate to your learning needs.

On some occasions, it may actually just be your teacher, not you, that is the problem. If other students seem to be struggling, the instructor is likely the issue. A good instructor should demonstrate, correct, and motivate. Your instructor may be highly skilled at Jiu Jitsu, but if they can only show you moves and not actively assist you in perfecting your skills, you should start looking for someone who can.

Your Body Isn’t Properly Conditioned

Even if you learn and perfect all the moves and techniques of Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll likely find a stopping point where you can’t advance any further due to a lack of stamina. Jiu Jitsu requires strong, flexible athletes in order to last longer and recover more quickly. If you feel like your body is holding you back from progressing, try some methods such as running to condition yourself and get in good shape physically.

You’ve Gotten Bored With It

Is Jiu-Jitsu starting to feel like the same-old-same-old routine to you? Is it something you just do for the sake of doing something? Go back to the reasons that made you want to learn Jiu Jitsu in the first place. Are those reasons still enough for you today? In order to improve in anything, you have to have a drive to do so. A lack of motivation can cause you to lose energy and not try hard enough. Whether you need to try out a new technique for a while or self-evaluate, find a way to reignite the passion you once felt as a beginner.

No matter what skill level you are at with Jiu Jitsu, there is always room for improvement. If you’ve noticed your progress has plateaued, now is the time to evaluate the situation to find the root of your problem before you end up wasting your time. For any other concerns you may have about why you seem to be stuck in a rut, give us at Jiu Jitsu Nation a call at 615-459-5248 and we’ll be happy to assist you.