If you’ve taken some time off from Jiu Jitsu, you might be wondering what it will be like to resume training. Whether you’ve taken off a few weeks or several months, your body and mind are going to feel very different than you did before.
It would be great to jump right back into where you left off before taking time off, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. So here is what you might expect after taking time off from Jiu Jitsu:
One thing that will change after taking time off is your fitness level. Give your body some time to adjust to training and start to build up your endurance, strength, agility, and power.
Flexibility and Mobility
As you’re building back up your fitness, you’ll also need to take some time to increase your flexibility and mobility. As a result, you’ll probably notice some stiffness in your joints and muscles. Make sure you’re taking plenty of time to warm up and don’t push through pain; otherwise, you might end up with an injury.
Memory and Skill
When you’re ready to get back into training, you might ask yourself how much you’ll remember? After a few sessions, things will start coming back to you. Spend some time revisiting foundational skills and techniques and gradually work your way up to more complex moves.
It’s important to set realistic expectations for your training when you return to Jiu Jitsu after a break. And those expectations include intensity. So be patient with the process and keep the intensity low for a while.
After you take time off and come back to Jiu Jitsu, keep coming back. If you show up a few times but don’t stay consistent, it’s impossible to make progress. Decide when you’ll attend classes and commit to that schedule. Your consistency will pay off.