Here’s a great article from Atos HQ.
The majority of Jiu Jitsu practitioners are non-competitors, and that’s totally okay. Of course there are many benefits to competing, but it’s not at all a requirement. Many people who train BJJ are not doing it full time as a career, they are doing it more as a hobby. They work all day in their personal career, and then train in their free time for fun. Everyone is just aspiring to be the best they can be, and have fun doing it. Anyone who does Jiu Jitsu, even non-competitors, can make it their lifestyle and watch it positively affect every aspect of their daily life.
HERE ARE 4 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU ARE TRAINING:
Be on the mat consistently
This might be the most important thing to remember. Consistency is the key to steady improvement. Come to training as much as you can, learn something new every class, fix at least one hole in your game, and roll as much as you can to put what you learned into practice.
Apply things you learn in BJJ to your daily life
There are many ways that BJJ can positively seep into all different aspects of your life, but here are just a few. Jiu Jitsu will teach you how to stay calm in a stressful situation, and give you the tools to defend yourself if you get into an altercation. It will give you a confidence that will be apparent to everyone around you, while also being the perfect stress reliever. We all know life can get really stressful, but training BJJ can make dealing with the daily stresses of life much easier. It’s a time you can get away from things that are weighing you down, and have time dedicated to yourself. Being able to get away from stress, and let yourself just train can really help bring everything into perspective, and give you a sense of clarity.
Training Jiu Jitsu also encourages healthy eating habits. BJJ is taxing on your body so if you are not refueling properly you will feel heavy, slow, and sore in training. In order to improve more quickly you want to perform your best in training, which can provide extra motivation to eat right. Of course everyone eats junk food every once in a while, but it must be in moderation. Jiu Jitsu can absolutely be a long term hobby, you just have to take care of your body.
The only time your body recovers is while you sleep, so if you are training BJJ quality sleep is an absolute must. There are many benefits to getting a full nights sleep that also effect the quality of your daily life. Bottom line is if you want a productive day, and a successful training session you must get a good nights sleep. BJJ will encourage you to do this consistently, and your body will thank you.