How to be a Good BJJ Training Partner

good training partner

Being a training partner people want to roll with is a huge component in both your success and your partner’s success in this sport. If your goal is to progress and move up the ranks to higher belts, it’s in your best interest to adhere to these tips to make sure you are steadily improving and not running into roadblocks.

First, let’s talk about what could happen if you are not a good partner:

  • No rolls = no live practice = you don’t get any better
  • People inside the gym will find out from other people if you are no fun to roll with
  • May result in you getting kicked out of the gym if it is severe enough

You will only be as good as the people you decide to train with. Being a good training partner does not mean you let your opponent win, it means you train hard without trying to rip someone’s head off.

It is always important to note when you start training with someone new that you are taking on a risk. You do not know how someone rolls or how aggressive they can get. If something feels off, have zero hesitation when saying no.

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You are here, reading this site to make yourself the best version of yourself. Take note that others may not be reading this yet and have not been told these things. Protecting yourself first from an injury is always worth it.

Here are some rules to adhere to to be a great partner that people want to roll with:

The Talker

People come into the gym to train, not talk. Although it is fine to have friendly conversations with your partner do not be the individual that talks the entire time while drilling a move.

Your partner may not say anything because they do not want to be rude or come off as an asshole.

It is important to self-reflect here. If you find yourself messing around and talking too much in a training session you are not being a good training partner. Everyone has different goals when they walk through the door and step foot on the mats.

Some people want to become high-level competitors, some want to just perfect a craft as a hobby, but NO ONE’s goal is to walk in and talk while they are supposed to train.

Don’t be that person.

Personal Hygiene

This should be a given but you would be surprised how many people ignore this. Do not come into the gym and be the person who has dirty fingers or toes. They will be in people’s faces and 100% of people will be disgusted.

Taking care of basic things like your toenails and fingernails goes way further than just the four walls inside the gym. How can you expect anyone to take you seriously in this world when you shake their hand with long, gross-looking fingernails? It’s the bare minimum.

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Being Stinky

Hygiene is very important. Make sure to always be washing rash guards and gis after training sessions. After every training session, the first thing you should do is wash your training clothes. It would probably be smart to have a rotation of gis, rash guards, and compression pants that you use throughout the week!

Make sure to put deodorant on, make sure your breath isn’t gross, or that your feet don’t have a foul odor to them. This seems pretty elementary but you would be surprised. Not doing any of this will make people reluctant to train with you.

Arm Bar Soap and Dr. Squatch are both products that we use to keep ourselves clean and smelling nice. When we started looking for products to introduce you all to we wanted to make sure that we always gave you the things that we use personally and that have the best quality ingredients.

Personal Hygiene

Train Hard but not to Hurt Others

Finding yourself in a bad position is very common when rolling. Getting someone else into a bad position is also very common when rolling.

We want you to train hard and be a tough role for someone, but do not be the person that cranks on someone’s shoulder like you’re competing in worlds. People will talk in the gym if you have a reputation for doing this.

Accidents happen, it’s what we all signed up for when we decided to participate in this sport. There is a real risk when you decide to roll with strangers. If you are training hard but have zero intention to hurt someone, people instinctively notice. 

train hard but don't try to hurt other people

If you follow these rules you are well on your way to being a training partner people want to train with. When you are a good partner it makes you and the person you train with better. When that happens the gym gets better as a whole, which means more metals when you all compete!

Happy Rolling!

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