Summer is gone and before we know it, baseball season will be wrapping up.  As autumn begins, so does hockey and football season, which leads me to think, there isn’t a BJJ season.

Sports like soccer, hockey, football, rugby, have a season. Once the season is done, the player’s body is able to recover and heal.

BJJ competitions, whether local or global, happen year round with no end in site. There are guys training BJJ MMA constantly. BJJ is very honest, if you’re not training, the results on the mat will mirror your effort. But is it realistic to keep the same pace all year round, your entire BJJ journey?

I believe it is the instructors role to not only guide the lower belts through intense training, but also help the students recognize when it’s time to slow down or take a break. A slower period can consist of more technical training, drilling and less sparing. This will allow old injuries to heal, minimize the chance of injury, and reduce burn-out. Once a student advances to a purple belt, they should be skilled and mature enough to schedule in their own breaks throughout the year.

After a competition, a student should take a week off to rest and assess their results. Time off doesn’t just benefit competitors, a couple weeks off a year will help the non-competitors rekindle their love for the mats. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Remember, BJJ is a marathon not a sprint. If you want to spend a lifetime on the mats, you will need to train smart. Breaks and slower periods are key. Plan it in advance or just listen to your body. Avoiding BJJ burnout will lead to long term success.