By Felisha M. Mina

With BJJ grading season around the corner, it’s never been a better time to refine your training habits and utilise the academies as much as you can in order to improve your skills. Aside from making sure you train a minimum of 3-4 times per week, here are a few tips from us if you want to fast-track your way to a new belt:

Compete in as many tournaments as you can. Rolling with students from other schools is very different from rolling with your usual training partners. Competitions are a great way to assess where you stand at your belt or skill level. For maximum results, get someone to take videos of your matches and review your technique/strategy afterwards.

Make use of open mat sessions and open gym times. Check the timetable to see where you can squish in extra training time on top of actual classes. More hours on the mat = higher rate of improvement.

Speak to your coaches about doing private sessions. There is no better and quicker way to get ahead of the game than to get one-on-one time with the leading grapplers of the club. They’ll be able to give you a personal insight into what you what YOU need to work on in order to progress to the next belt or stripe.

Take advantage of Coach Amin’s wrestling classes. Very few academies have access to such a high-quality, full time wrestling program like we do. In terms of body movement and technique, wrestling and BJJ go hand-in-hand, so take advantage of every opportunity to cross-train!

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