Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – otherwise known as BJJ or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – is a craft that is admittedly best learned on the mats.

However, studying is an integral part of learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and you can fine-tune your skills when you’re not able to attend the gym.

For instance, here are three things you can do to improve your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when you’re at home, while you’re travelling or even if you’re feeling too unwell to physically ‘get down and dirty’ on the mats. Or maybe you just want to master a move before your next class.

Either way, these are some ways to perfect this beautiful art outside of the gym.


We live in a digital world nowadays so please take advantage of it!

There is so much content online for you to scroll through and learn from detailed tutorials on YouTube for specific moves. You can follow along with workout guides available, footage of tournaments to watch and analyse.

Best of all, a lot of it is entirely free. Also you can visit our YouTube VT1 Martial arts channel for a range of our very own Jiu-Jitsu videos too!

Another great idea is to focus on one technique at a time, research specific competitors, study their execution of the position you’re interested in and get to understand it before moving on to another position.


Did you know that stretching and conditioning your body with yoga is hugely beneficial for your BJJ practice?

For instance, look up some yoga moves or better yet, find a guided yoga class online so you can train several times a week. You’ll notice a difference pretty quickly if you stick to it regularly.

First, your muscles will thank you for feeling less sore and being able to recover quicker. Grapplers tend to suffer tightness in the lower back, hips, hamstrings and pecs. A few good stretch sessions a week will help with this.

You will also be more flexible, which is excellent for a lot of BJJ positions and techniques.

Yoga is also a fantastic supplement to your training because it helps you gain increased control of your breathing.


While a lot of Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) involves grappling with another party, there are, in fact, many drills you can do on your own at home.

Moreover, your instructor will give you a list of good ones that you can use to improve your range of motion and reaction time.

In conclusion: In Jiu-Jitsu, not having a partner to practice with, doesn’t have to mean no practice!


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