With another new year upon us, many people set new goals for themselves as they start on a “clean slate.” For many jiu-jitsu practitioners, it is a new beginning for him or her and a new opportunity to do something they didn’t or couldn’t do the year before. But this should not always be the routine that an athlete and a competitor should follow.

For any jiu-jitsu athlete that aspires to do great things on the competition mats, New Year’s should not be the only time for you to set your “goals list.” You should always be setting goals for yourself and never letting them fizzle out during the course of the year. Too often there are those that come up with their New Year’s resolution to train more, focus more on the technique or ask more questions, but by day five those goals have already been forgotten. Do not become one of them!

New Year’s should not be the only time for goal setting, anytime is a good time for goal setting. Whenever one goal has been accomplished, move right into the next one. Your jiu-jitsu career may stall if you wait for a particular occasion to start a new one. Jiu-jitsu is about steady, constant movement forward, and the same can be said for the goals you set in your jiu-jitsu career.

Do you think that Roger Gracie only sets his main goal on New Year’s?

The answer is most certainly no! He set his goal to be a World Champion the moment he realized that’s what he wanted to become. Gracie’s path to being one of the best definitely didn’t just start because of New Year’s, it came from something much deeper.

Is it wrong to make goals on New Year’s? Of course not! But don’t allow that to be the only time you set goals for yourself. Goals should be set over the course of the year when the time is right. Just like the art of jiu-jitsu, goal setting must be constant and never just searching for a certain occasion to set them.

With this, we would like to wish good luck to all the jiu-jitsu players in the upcoming year and advise that you never let up on going after your goals. Remaining constant and steady will lead to success and fulfillment in the long run. Osss!

Photo: Roger Gracie (Gracie Mag)

About The Author

Gianni Grippo
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Contributor

Gianni Grippo is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia and trains at the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City. Besides being a big fan of the sport, Gianni is also an avid competitor and has ranked among the best in the World from blue to brown belt winning 6 IBJJF World titles and 7 Pan Championships. Still at 21, Gianni looks to continue to compete for many years to come as his main goals are to win the World championships at black belt and win the ADCC title.