FOUNDER AND COACH, BRIAN BIRD, SAYS:
You’ll hear people say Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an individual sport. That’s true, to a degree, as it’s you versus your opponent.
That being said, you need training partners you can trust to make sure you’re safe, staying healthy, and supporting each other’s success on and off the mat. I say:
You’ll never become good at Jiu-Jitsu without a team.
You also need a school with qualified instructors, proper mats and equipment, and a great environment to excel in. To take it a step further, you need experienced people to run that business.
If someone asked if Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was a individual sport, I’d say no.
Try and learn by yourself, you won’t get very far.
RESOURCES ARE IMPORTANT
I started learning Jiu-Jitsu in 1993, before the Internet was a martial arts resource, when no one really knew what Jiu-Jitsu was; it was very new to North America.
I would get together with buddies, throw down some mats in my basement and learn. I would drive to attend seminars in other provinces and then share that information with the Jiu-Jitsu network.
It (Jiu-Jitsu) was very hard to learn. We learned from books, VHS tapes, whatever we could use.
When you have the proper team around you, then all of a sudden you learn more quickly and much more efficiently.
What I learned in 5 or 6 years, my students will now learn in a year, maybe less.
You walk into a school, and immediately they have black belt instruction, beautiful mats, a beautiful facility, and proper training time and training partners.
I was driving a 4×4 road; they (current students) are on a nice paved highway.
YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH PEOPLE
By yourself, you’ll learn a little bit of Jiu-Jitsu but you still won’t get that far.
Walk into a world-class gym, like Champion’s Creed MMA, and learn from high-level instructors and training partners. In a very short amount of time, you’ll make great progress.
That means you need a team around you.
It’s both the resources and the support of having people around you that will make or break whether you’re good at Jiu-Jitsu.