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    Quality of trainings. Need an advice

    Hi! Sorry for my english, I`m from another country
    I do grappling. I have 2 training a week in a high quality gym, instructor is a bjj black belt, there are a lot of competitors in the team. Unfortunately i can`t train there more than 2 times a week cause gym is too far from my home. I`d like to train more. I have a choice or to add another 2 training of bjj a week but in another gym, where instructor is a purple belt and almost all teammates are white belts or to add 3-4 crossfit trainings a week. What do you think? I`m a purple belt with a bit of experience in mma and judo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxio View Post
    Hi! Sorry for my english, I`m from another country
    I do grappling. I have 2 training a week in a high quality gym, instructor is a bjj black belt, there are a lot of competitors in the team. Unfortunately i can`t train there more than 2 times a week cause gym is too far from my home. I`d like to train more. I have a choice or to add another 2 training of bjj a week but in another gym, where instructor is a purple belt and almost all teammates are white belts or to add 3-4 crossfit trainings a week. What do you think? I`m a purple belt with a bit of experience in mma and judo.
    Don't worry about Crossfit it is 90% marketing and 10% something else that vaguely resembles exercise.
    If you are a purple belt you will end up helping to lead classes, more than likely anyway. Which could be very useful to your own game if you have a background in coaching, teaching, or instructing. I would use this as an opportunity to really drill and dig deep into the basic fundamentals of BJJ through instruction of white belts and the repetition of it.


    Now this is all based on the idea that everyone (especially the Purple Belt, with the gym somehow) involved at least vaguely knows what the hell they are doing. Otherwise sit tight and pick up cycling or powerwalking or weight lifting with real instruction.
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    **** CrossFit. Do yoga or Olympic weightlifting or kettle bells or swimming or rowing or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxio View Post
    Hi! Sorry for my english, I`m from another country
    I do grappling. I have 2 training a week in a high quality gym, instructor is a bjj black belt, there are a lot of competitors in the team. Unfortunately i can`t train there more than 2 times a week cause gym is too far from my home. I`d like to train more. I have a choice or to add another 2 training of bjj a week but in another gym, where instructor is a purple belt and almost all teammates are white belts or to add 3-4 crossfit trainings a week. What do you think? I`m a purple belt with a bit of experience in mma and judo.
    Well.... it kinda depends on what you're trying to accomplish and what your goals are.

    For example, cross fit really doesn't have anything to do with BJJ or MMA. The only thing they share in common is the fact that they're both workouts. Im going to assume you're attempting to improve your knowledge of BJJ/fighting. That said it doesn't sound as if you have to choose between the two gyms- is that correct? If so, yes go train with the purple belt and the white belts ALSO. Every time you train you have the ability to learn something- it really comes down to how you're training. There are times I can learn more training with white and blue belts than training with other black belts. The reverse is also true as well.


    To be absolute in your thinking will really limit your options. Very few things in the fighting game are "yes and no" and would be more appropriate to say "more or less." Consider: hypothetically a situation could be that you have the potential to learn a lot of from the black belt, but not so often. Contrasting that a situation could have it that you have a little to learn from the purple belt but a little at a time- albeit more often. In one hypothetical situation, its better to train more often and you'll be more likely to retain and make smaller, more frequent improvements than you would trying to bridge a large gap with several days in between.

    In short on the surface- both have great potential. Its merely a question of adopting a flexible mindset that would allow you to benefit the most from either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxio View Post
    Hi! Sorry for my english, I`m from another country
    I do grappling. I have 2 training a week in a high quality gym, instructor is a bjj black belt, there are a lot of competitors in the team. Unfortunately i can`t train there more than 2 times a week cause gym is too far from my home. I`d like to train more. I have a choice or to add another 2 training of bjj a week but in another gym, where instructor is a purple belt and almost all teammates are white belts or to add 3-4 crossfit trainings a week. What do you think? I`m a purple belt with a bit of experience in mma and judo.
    Regarding your extra timeslots:
    Take some ballroom dancing classes if you want to impress the ladies,
    Or some firearm classes if you are interested in self defense.
    Learn how to cook,
    Learn another language,
    Learn how to play a musical instrument,
    Take some college classes or get a trade certification,
    Or take a paramedic class.
    Jiu-Jitsu is wonderful in the right dose, but becoming a well rounded and empowered individual is the goal, and this approach will make you less of a bore at social events, or at work events, or in your relationships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxio View Post
    Hi! Sorry for my english, I`m from another country
    I do grappling. I have 2 training a week in a high quality gym, instructor is a bjj black belt, there are a lot of competitors in the team. Unfortunately i can`t train there more than 2 times a week cause gym is too far from my home. I`d like to train more. I have a choice or to add another 2 training of bjj a week but in another gym, where instructor is a purple belt and almost all teammates are white belts or to add 3-4 crossfit trainings a week. What do you think? I`m a purple belt with a bit of experience in mma and judo.
    I'd say go train with the other purple belt as long as they don't charge you. I mean you're both purple belts it'd just help you to keep your skills sharp, it's not like you're going to learn a lot more except to polish your game.

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    If you want to train another day, it wouldn't hurt rolling with another purple belt, just as long as your own instructor wouldn't have a problem with you training elewhere. He'd probably understand, and wouldn't see a few crossfitters being a threat to his competition team.

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    Skip the crossfit and do anything else. All crossfit is good for it getting to say you do crossfit and wear the t-shirts. I mean, it's a good workout, but you can get that without all the marketing and gimmicky bullshit. Unless there is hot chicks there that you are trying to work in on, in that case follow the chicks. :)
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