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Best Advice For a New Student?

Best advice for a new student?

This is a question I was asked as part of a panel discussion about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the Artistic License podcast for WGN plus.  WGN plus studio

My answer to this question has changed throughout the years, but it really boils down to one simple answer.  Commitment.


Commitment to the academy, the martial art, to your fellow students, to the instructors, but most importantly, a commitment to yourself.   You want to change for the better, get into great shape, lead a healthier lifestyle.  Those changes cannot happen without commitment.   It takes at least 6 months of training twice a week to feel comfortable practicing jiu jitsu.  Not great, good, or mediocre, but comfortable.


To put it bluntly you cannot expect to reap the benefits of jiu jitsu by training once a week or every 10 days or 2 weeks.     Have you ever mastered, or even achieved a level of proficiency in a skill practicing so infrequently? Heck even training twice a week is not enough, but we take baby steps in the beginning.  You are starting something new, no need to burn out in two weeks.  It will take time your body to adjust.

We at Lake County BJJ help you start on a path of change by.  Attending a jiu jitsu class twice a week, should give you a good starting point.  After a few short weeks you will start seeing a change.  Your body will begin to adjust, you will start getting into a routine.  Current members of Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have stated to have their body feeling looser in a matter of weeks.  Lower back pain will begin to subside as jiu jitsu is very demanding on the core.   Strong core equals no back pain.

Commitment does go both ways.  As a jiu jitsu instructor I commit my time to helping you reach your goals, get better at jiu jitsu and improve your overall lifestyle.  As an instructor I’m always looking to flatten the learning curve for my students.  Educating myself to become a better martial arts instructor, looking to give out specific advice to people at certain times that will help them progress quicker.  That is the type of commitment I have to my students.

You will not be able to fully reap the benefits of jiu jitsu without commitment.  If you make the commitment to jiu jitsu, it will pay you back 10 fold, with improved health, and increased confidence.  Commit yourself to jiu jitsu and the possibilities are endless.

See you on the mats.

Carlos Archila

Head Instructor

Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Carlos Archila is the owner and head instructor of Lake County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mundelein, IL.  He has been training jiu jitsu over a decade, and is a proud affiliate of New Breed Training Center/Bonsai JJ-USA.  For more information about our classes please visit  or call 847-495-2557

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