5 Tips to Make Training a Habit

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

At Kyuzo you’ll often hear us say that our biggest competitors aren’t other gyms or fighters. In fact, our biggest competitors are the couch or the TV. Even the most dedicated person has off days where they’re tired or demotivated. This is natural and happens to everyone.

So in this post, we’re going to provide you with some hints and tips to help you show up more. The quote from Aristotle is commonly used, mainly because it’s true. You only begin to master something once it becomes habit, and developing good habits is what we’re all about at Kyuzo.


1. Drop a bad habit
Whether you’re thinking of starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a new activity to get you fitter and healthier, or you’re already training and are struggling to keep going, poor habits can often be among the reasons you’re not succeeding. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, or a poor diet can be among the things you don’t want in your life any more, and lining them up with your new training habit can help you stay motivated for a double whammy. Out with the old, in with the new!

2. Clear your schedule
It’s important to have clear times where you always go training. For example, I might say that I go to training on a Monday and a Wednesday for DEFINITE, and if I can make other days it’s a bonus.  This is good for two reasons. First, it gives YOU a clear schedule. You won’t schedule other things for the nights you’re due to train. Secondly, it gives OTHERS like friends, family, and even employers a clear schedule of when you’re not available. If they know you’re training (and that it’s important to you) they might consider that when it comes to scheduling things for you.


Nathan Kelly (R) works an armdrag from standing against his opponent at The Irish Open Nogi 2015 -3/10/2015 (photo credit David Fogarty Photography)

3. Choose your friends carefully
Martial arts is a unique activity in that when you tell people you train they often have a strange reaction. Tell someone you play football and they’ll say “Really? Where?”. Tell someone you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and they say “Really? Why?” It’s important to remember sometimes that your friends and family might not understand this new sport of yours, and may not be as supportive as you might hope! This is fine of course, we all have friends of all kinds, but sometimes you may have to politely explain that while BJJ might not be for them, it’s what you want to do. Maybe drag them down to a class and get them hooked too. Which brings us nicely to number 4.

4. Choose your training partners carefully-er
Buddying up with someone is great. You can help push each other to attend more, drill new techniques, and organise extra training. In fact, having a great training partner or partners can be really helpful. It can also have a negative effect however. If your training partner doesn’t reflect the attitude and energy you want to put into your BJJ training, you can always find someone else to buddy up with, or maybe even try to be the motivational one in the pairing! Some people like to be pushed, others need to be dragged. The worst thing to happen is when two draggers get paired together! Everyone is different and finds their own way along the path, and you’ll gradually find yourself spending more time with people on the same path as you.

5. Don’t wait to be motivated
Remember that there are always going to be days when you feel like you just want to collapse on the couch, or when you think you’re just not getting anywhere. Everyone has these days, from the absolute novice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu beginner, to the professional MMA fighter. No one feels motivated all of the time. This is where forming good habits comes in. No one ever regretted showing up, but plenty of people regret staying away! In fact, when you’re tired and demotivated, that’s the best time to go training!

Hopefully these helped. See you all on the mat!


Kyuzo is Dublin’s Premier Beginner club for those seeking to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, or Wrestling Training. We accept Beginners all year round to our full time custom designed Dublin facility, as well as running regular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginners Courses, Beginners Mixed Martial Arts Classes, as well as our very popular Children’s Classes. Membership is open to anyone from 4 years of age upwards. Our eldest BJJ trainee is 47 years old! Please contact us for more details.

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