At some point, something in your life might stand in the way of your Jiu Jitsu training. For example, you might have to take a week or several months off due to injury, family, career, or other circumstances that are beyond your control.
If you’re ready to get back to training after an extended break, then here are a few tips on how to make a Jiu Jitsu comeback.
1. Manage your expectations.
First, get in the right mindset and manage your expectations. Understand how much time you took away from training and the physical and mental effects of that time off. It might be tough to accept, but you might not be as good or as fit as you were before. Don’t let this stop you from getting back on the mats.
2. Be patient.
As you get back into training, be patient with your progress. It might take a little while for things to come back. Sometimes it’s helpful to go back to the fundamentals for a few weeks as you refresh your skills and increase your overall fitness. Give your body and mind time to adapt.
3. Check in with your instructor.
Before your first class after taking a break, check in with your instructor or coaches. Let them know that you’re ready to come back and when you’ll be showing up for class. Giving your instructor a heads up means that they’ll expect you at class and can help hold you accountable to show up as planned.
4. Ramp back up gradually.
Some people think that they need to be “in shape” before they get back to training. If you’ve lost some fitness, don’t let this stop you from coming back to Jiu Jitsu. But give yourself time to adjust back into training. Ramp back up gradually and save the higher intensity training for the future.
5. Set a schedule.
As you make your Jiu Jitsu comeback, set a schedule for your classes and training sessions. Decide what days you’ll train and hold yourself accountable for those classes. Staying consistent from the start will help you find your rhythm, and you’ll be able to make noticeable improvements when you continue to show up and train.