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4 Things BJJ Champions do Every Day

BJJ Champions

Have you ever looked at your BJJ idol and asked yourself “how did they do it”. Well I believe we all do this from time to time. In society we tend to idolize champions as being “gifted” or “lucky”. In reality these people did not just stumble into success by accident. The champions of any sport work for it and dedicate themselves to it and BJJ is no exception.


The first thing any great BJJ champion does is of course train. And I don’t mean they train every few days or “when their body feels ready”. These are the people who are always in class and sometimes are even in multiple classes per day. These are the students who are always staying to roll and drill moves and in many cases are the last ones off the mats.


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Healthy Diet

The next thing great BJJ champions do is eat right. Jiu-Jitsu is a rough sport and the only way to truly be able to recover and maintain a healthy weight for competitions is to have a set diet. I’m not saying that you can’t have a little treat here and there, but you have to eat right most the time. By eating right I mean this in a very vague way. Every athlete has a different body that reacts differently to different foods. In general any champion probably eats a lot of natural foods like fruit and vegetables and maintains a solid protein intake. Many champions also take advantage of supplements such as BCAA’s, Amino Acids , Protein, fat burners etc.


The next thing champions do every day (and this may sound funny) is sleep. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, but it’s so true. Your body does most of its recovering during the night while we sleep. However sleep can be a double edged sword for athletes. We need to sleep more than just a few hours a night otherwise we never get quality rest (REM sleep), but champions also can’t sleep too much. When you begin to sleep more you lose vital hours that could be spent training, watching instructional videos or just studying the art in general. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an advocate of the 6 hour sleep cycle, which I too am fond of, but in the end you have to figure out what works for your own body.

Don’t Quit 

I would like to end this brief article by talking about one final thing champions do every day. Champions don’t quit ! Many times we feel down after a hard day at the gym or after a bad competition especially at white belt, but upper belts lose motivation sometimes as well. Champions however use these as opportunities to grow and learn about themselves. They use it to improve their technique and create a new plan of attack. They don’t quit! They come back stronger!

“Every failure is a step to success. Every detection of what is false directs us towards what is true: every trial exhausts some tempting form of error. ” – William Whewell

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About the author: Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Anibal Lobo and Pedro Sauer.

5 comments… add one
  • Aaron

    1. They train a lot, agreed.
    2. Healthy diet is nonsense, no offense but virtually all brazilian world champs i met had no idea of a healthy diet that extended much further than ,” protein is healthy vegetables are healthy” and they proceeded to eat the biggest garbage ever.
    3. Rest, these same guys party, go out smoke weed, take some short naps, have 5-6 hours nights and train again..
    Which brings me to the point of the whole article which seems to be something along the lines of everyone could be a world champion if you just try hard enough.
    If i sleep 5 hours and train twice a day i get sick and injured no matter how good i eat. I don’t know if it is all the steroids they take but everything i experienced seems to point at these guys being genetically very very superior in the athletic department compared to the general population.

    • I also really appreciate your input Aaron, but I think you’re really making a lot of excuses here. That may be your experience with some world champs, but this hasn’t been mine at all with the world champs that I’ve met. I don’t want people to have the impression that to be a world champ, you need steroids and can do drugs, drink, etc.

  • kris Reid

    Thank you for your input. I agree genetics are involved and yes some of our sports champions use drugs and don’t nessasarily follow the outline I posted. However I am a firm believer in positive thinking and hard work, so this article was meant to inspire those like minded. This

    • Aaron

      Hi kris,

      Thanks for posting my comment/ criticism, i understand the positive thinking/encouragement you are giving off with this article.
      On one side i am firmly in favor of this and it will accomplish positive things by people going for their goals, but on the other side i feel the need to display my disagreement with the statements because i feel it also gives false hopes and ideas about how and what someone should/can expect to achieve their goals.

  • Kyle

    Aaron brother,

    I hate to say this but with that way of thinking you won’t get very far. Emphasis on the “never give up”. Always look forward. Always look at everything as a lesson. There are no false hopes. I’d like to add to this article.
    Free your mind, yourself of ego, and the stress that comes with them.
    Don’t look to being a champion. Just learn. Work HARD to learn. Work HARD to be better than you were the day before. Everything will fall into place in time. Could be a couple years or it could be twenty. Life is constantly coming at you. As a warrior in anything, you must understand that you are constantly in battle. Most of the time you are battling yourself or what life throws at you. Hope for nothing but work to be better.

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