How Can I Improve My Brazilian Jiu Jitsu At Home?

The word “Jiu Jitsu” comes from the Japanese word “Jū”, meaning “gentle” and “Jutsu” meaning “art”. It is a popular martial art that has continued to grow in popularity. 

Brazillian Jui Jitsu is mainly a ground-based martial art, using a variety of techniques and skills to bring your opponent to submission in a non-violent way.

How Can I Improve My Brazillian Jui Jitsu At Home

Rather than focusing on kicks or strikes, Brazilian Jui Jitsu focuses on grappling holds, chokes, and joint manipulation. 

If you’re considering getting into Brazillian Jui Jitsu or you’re already taking classes, you might be wondering how you can improve your skills outside of the classroom.

In this article, we will be going over some tips and tricks on how you can improve your Brazillian Jui Jitsu at home. 

Online Training 

It is strongly recommended and advised that when you’re studying Brazillian Jui Jitsu, you should always practice in person, with other students and a teacher as your main method of training.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t look at extracurricular ways of learning, and online training is one of those ways. 

The great thing about online training is that you can find techniques to practice and learn that your in-person instructor may not specialize in, so you’ll get a broader understanding of martial art. 

Online training is also great to fill in the time between when you’re injured or you can’t make it to your in-person classes. 

What YouTube Videos

Similar to online training, you can watch YouTube videos to improve your Brazillian Jui Jitsu skills. 

Because YouTube is free, it means you have access to thousands of videos that range in different quality and different abilities. When you use the right keywords in the YouTube search bar, you’ll find a wealth of information on the subject. 

Because there are so many options of videos you can choose from, it is advised that if you go for this method of learning, focus on one thing at a time rather than just picking videos at random.

Pick a certain technique or grapple to focus on and when you feel like you’ve learned or improved on it, move on to the next thing. 

While it’s still better to learn in person, watching YouTube videos gives you the opportunity to improve your skills in theory, so when you get back on the mats you can actually practise what you’ve learnt properly. 

Strengths And Weaknesses

Another thing you can do to improve is to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. All you really need to do for this is grab a pen and a notebook and sit with yourself, reflecting on your current skills.

Work out what you’re currently excelling at and be humble and honest about your weaknesses and what areas you think you need to work on most.

If you focus on your weaknesses in a constructive way, you can improve on them and get them up to the same level as your strengths. 

Make a list of all the techniques and things you’re currently training, such as grapples, sweeps, and takedown defense, and rate your skills in those areas from 1-10. If your skill in a certain area is lower on that scale, then it needs improving and they are the areas you need to work on the most. 

Drills At Home

Though it is recommended that you do all your main training in your classes, that doesn’t mean you can’t practice Jui Jitsu drills at home. 

There are lots of Brazillian Jui Jitsu drills you can do at home and off the mat. If you decide you want to go for this method of improvement, it’s in your best interest to practice them at least once or twice a day in order for the improvement to be noticeable. 

You can practice rolls, hip switches, hip escapes, and more, all from the comfort of your own home. Just make sure you don’t over-exert yourself or practice the drills for too long.

Put a timer on when you’re practicing drills and wear comfortable clothes. Ask your in-person teacher which drills they would recommend so you stay on target. 

Read Books

Though you may not consider this a great way to improve your Jui Jitsu skills at first, you’d be surprised how helpful a good old study session actually is! 

Finding the right books on Brazillian Jui Jitsu will actually help your practical training quite a bit. Get hold of books that are written by Brazillian Jui Jitsu masters as you will be getting expert information from these authors.

Reading a book written by someone who is a master in the field will help you understand martial art even better. 

Reading about Brazillian Jui Jitsu doesn’t have to be a boring task. Go to your favorite coffee shop and get your favorite hot drink, or if the weather is nice, go to a scenic and relaxing area and get an hour or so of reading in.

You’ll be surprised how much you absorb from reading when you’re relaxing and focused. 

Flexibility Training

Flexibility is a crucial part of martial arts training. If you don’t have the resources available to you to practice drills or do online training, working on your flexibility is a great way to spend your time that will improve your overall skill. 

The more flexible you are, the better you’ll be at Brazillian Jui Jitsu. One of the best ways you can improve your flexibility is to do yoga that specifically focuses on Brazillian Jui Jitsu.

After a few weeks of dedicated yoga and flexibility training, you’ll be surprised at how much better you become at it!


There are lots of things you can do to improve your Brazillian Jui Jitsu in the comfort of your own home. The methods we’ve listed here are just some of the ways you can improve. 

Do some more research into other methods and see what works best for you. Remember to stay dedicated to your practice and training. Consistency is your best method when it comes to improving.

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