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The Evolution of Jiu-Jitsu: The Next Five Year & Beyond

Updated: Jan 29

As we step into the future, the world of Jiu-Jitsu is set for some exciting cultural transformations over the next five or so years.

Global Expansion and Inclusivity

In the coming years, I anticipate a continued surge in the global popularity of Jiu-Jitsu. As the art spreads, the community is likely to become even more diverse. This expansion will foster a melting pot of cultures, languages, and perspectives on the mats, enriching the overall experience for students. This will probably happen more so in bigger cities than smaller ones. Although, I do see more overall access to Jiu-Jitsu in rural areas increasing. Covid lockdowns and restrictions proved the usefulness of remote learning. While you may not want to learn exclusively from a video, I think that remote coaching can bridge the gap between much of what is lost when you go that route.

Add that cool new RollBot grappling dummy and remote training can look different than it did just a few years ago.

Technological Integration in Training

With advancements in technology, I foresee an increased integration of innovative tools in Jiu-Jitsu training. From virtual reality simulations at some point, to AI-assisted coaching, practitioners will find new ways to enhance their skills and understanding of the art. At DFM Coaching, I've been using technology to review sparring and competition footage much like the NFL or NBA use it to break down game footage. It's an excellent way of pinpointing key details of what makes a technique work or fail in a live roll.

Emphasis on Mental Health and Well-being

Beyond the physical aspects, the Jiu-Jitsu community is waking up to the importance of mental health. The next five years could see a greater emphasis on mindfulness, stress reduction, sports psychology, and overall well-being within the culture.

That old school, just gut it out, I don't need anyone's help mentality is slowly dying. More and more Jiu-Jitsu athletes are reaching out to sports psychologists and other mental health experts to over come roadblocks and traumas.

Evolution of Teaching Methods

As coaching methodologies continue to evolve, we may witness a shift towards more individualized and adaptive teaching approaches. In-person instruction, seminars, private lessons, and remote coaching will become even more tailored to the specific needs of each student. We're already seeing new approaches to teaching, the task based games approach for example has gained popularity in the last year or so.

We're currently seeing more cross training than ever before. When I was a White Belt it really wasn't as common as it is now. The amount of gyms that offer open mats to outside students has exploded in San Diego. Personally I love it.

Increased Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

The Jiu-Jitsu community thrives on collaboration and knowledge sharing, now more than ever. In the next five years, I anticipate even more opportunities for practitioners and coaches to come together, share insights, and collectively elevate the sport. Seminars and workshops will play a crucial role in fostering this collaborative spirit.

I think we're going to see more camps and clinics like you do for wrestling and baseball. It might even become common practice to have a coach for specific aspects of someone's Jiu-Jitsu. For example, an athlete might have a passing coach, a Jiu-Jitsu competition mindset coach, along a wrestling coach.

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