BJJ Training Journal – Do You Need It?

Ever have the desire to note your BJJ progress in a piece of paper? Yeah me neither.

This might be a sign that we are both normal grapplers.

Exceptional grapplers has been known to note their BJJ progress on a timely basis. Just ask John Danaher

But just taking notes is not going to cut it. You will need to be fully committed in creating the best BJJ training journal for your own use

Here are some reasons why having a jiu jitsu journal will be a game changer:

Little Details No More

Roger Gracie is one of the best black belts in the world and he is a person who relies on fundamentals. He is not a leg lock wizard like some of the newer BJJ guys but Roger is arguably the GOAT in brazilian jiu jitsu.

What do you think is the difference between Roger Gracie and a normal blue belt?

The answer is: Fundamental details

By regularly taking notes of your BJJ progressions, you will be able to get to Roger’s level sooner than later (Don’t bet your life on it though)

Your BJJ training journal will be your north star when you are confused on what to do next in your BJJ training.

Being able to remember your progressions is one of the most vital thing to do if you want to progress.

P.s in case you want to see this in video format, Chewjitsu has made an excellent video about BJJ training journal:

3 Benefits of Using BJJ Training Journal

  • You Can Set Goals and Hold Yourself Accountable
  • With a Jiu-Jitsu Log, You Can Better Track Your Progress
  • 3 Extra Tips to Get the Most Out of Journaling for BJJ

Here are some tips in tracking your BJJ journal

Tip #1: Be Consistent

Consistency is key in almost every aspect of life and this still holds true when it comes to making a journal

To make your life easier, allocate a fixed time after every training to write on your journal.

Do not delay for even 5 minutes. Do it at the same time as many times as you can

You will be able to benefit from tracking the progress AND be more disciplined with time

Tip #2: KISS

Keep it simple st*pid.

Only note details that will be influential to your BJJ game. Do not note what type of sexy spats that Laura wears on Friday (Do let me know if you have any pics though!)

Tip #3: Be Positive

It might slip into your mind that you will need to also add negative progressions in the journal.

In my experience this will hinder your progress and makes you feel pretty discouraged.

Because of those reasons, i advise that you only note positive progressions in the journal.

What is the Best BJJ Training Journal?

There are several BJJ journal template that you can find easily online

Here are a few to consider:

  • The Jiu Jitsu Journal – The oldest player in the space, this planner might be too advanced for you. Just try it anyway
  • BJJ Buddy – The website is currently down when i check it, but when looking at forums this seems to be the best option
  • BJJ Log Book – Probably the newest one on the list, do check them out and let me know what you think
  • Make your own BJJ training spreadsheet – Simple excel would suffice, you will need to do the rest though