Do you want to learn more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Do you have the opportunity to train at a gym, but maybe you are considering learning or improving your jiu-jitsu skills from home? You can certainly learn jiu jitsu at home, or at least the basics. There's still no substitute for the experience on the mat!
This blog post will provide tips for improving and learning BJJ from the comfort of your home. There are many things to consider when deciding how to go about this process, and it may seem overwhelming at first.
However, once you have the basics down, learning from home is actually pretty simple and straightforward. If you are interested in learning more about training jiu jitsu from home, you are in the right spot!
What Are The Benefits Of Learning Jiu Jitsu At Home?
There are a number of reasons people choose to learn anything from home, whether that be college classes, arts and crafts, or even a martial art like jiu jitsu.
Let's face it, we live in changing times. Many people have demanding schedules that don't offer a time slot that matches your local jiu jitsu school's class schedule, or maybe you are an immuno-compromised individual and would rather learn from the safety of your home.
Heck, maybe you are just flat out nervous about starting and would like to “dip your toes” into jiu jitsu from home before committing to an in-person routine.
Fortunately, in today's ever-evolving classroom settings, we now have access to technology in the palm of our hands that connects us to what we want to learn at any given time.
Martial arts is a popular way to get in shape and learn self defense that truly works in real life encounters like with BJJ. The internet offers an excellent opportunity for people who are too busy, too nervous, or live too far away from martial arts school to take in-person classes.
Many online programs offer video, audio, and text instructions which can be accessed anywhere at any time. Online students also have the benefit of staying connected with classmates through social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter.
The benefits of learning martial arts online include: convenience (you can study from your home), flexibility (can work on lessons when it's convenient for you), affordability (online courses are often cheaper than traditional ones).
What Equipment Will You Need To Learn BJJ At Home?
There is no getting around it, almost every new hobby, skill, or course of instruction usually involves some sort of initial investment in supplies, books, clothing or equipment.
Fortunately, with Jiu Jitsu, the most important piece of equipment you will need is FREE! And that piece of free equipment is an open-mind and discipline to keep showing up each day.
Now, with that said, there are a few things that you may want to invest in to make training jiu jitsu at home a bit easier.
Here is a short list of items along with a brief description of why they are suggested:
- A Space To Train: This can be as simple as an open area on your living room floor, a cleared out space in the garage, or even your backyard!
However, no matter what area you choose, just make sure you have a dedicated place you can train. For a size reference, you will generally need about 8-10ft by 8-10ft radius. This will give you enough room to roll, move and practice as you would have at an in-person BJJ class.
- A Computer, Smart TV, Tablet or Phone: You can't train jiu jitsu from home if you don't have the means to access the digital content. Fortunately, most everyone has some sort of access to a smart device and can access their BJJ training 24/7.
- Gym Mat or Floor Mat: A small gym mat or padded floor mat will make life a lot easier when learning jiu jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art, essentially, you're learning to control another individual on the ground.
Additionally, there are a number of moves that require the student to safely and effectively fall to the ground as well as various takedowns to practice. Having a good floor mat to provide a little cushion between the students body and the floor is a big help.
- Gi for Bjj, Spats, and Rashguards: Now, these aren't required, BUT, if you're serious about learning BJJ, many of the moves require learning grip sequences on BJJ Gi collars or gi pants. Depending on your course of BJJ, you may also be learning what is called “No-Gi” which is learning to grapple without relying on the Gi.
Having the correct training clothing for your specific BJJ program is a very helpful start to learning BJJ at home. If you don't know where to start with selecting a Gi check out our guide to the best BJJ Gi and our guide to the best BJJ rash guard.
- Mouthguard (If You Have A Training Partner): If you have a friend, spouse or other training partner to physically train with at your home, you will want to have a mouthguard to protect your lips, teeth and gums.
In jiu jitsu, you are grappling with another adult in very close proximity, it is not uncommon for an accidental knee, elbow or head to collide with you when training. A mouthguard is a cheap investment to protect that pretty smile!
How To Get Started Learning Jiu Jitsu At Home
It’s never been easier to learn Jiu Jitsu at home. With the increase in technology and information available today, you can now train with a world class instructor right from your own living room! Granite Bay is excited to offer lessons for adults and kids at an affordable price that will fit any budget or schedule.
So, whether you want to get some form of self-defense training or just stay in shape, we have something for everyone!
Click here to find out more about how our team goes above and beyond when it comes to your learning experience with GBJJ. We hope this article gives you all the info you need on learning BJJ at home - feel free to drop by, give us a call, or just click here to get started today!