Tasteful Tips for Starting a BJJ Club

Posted: November 12, 2014 in BJJ Advice
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Having a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club at your university or place of employment can totally rock. Not only does it give you more practice time, but it allows you to meet people and share the awesomeness of the art. A little over two years ago one of my training partners and I started a BJJ club at our school – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh – and it has been extremely rewarding.  In the two years we have learned a lot of lessons and I wanted to share some great tips to anyone who wants to do something similar at their school!


Finding a place to train sometimes isn’t as easy as it seems. In my experience snagging a wrestling oriented room is optimal, but when difficulties reserving the room come up, things can get dicey. Make sure to locate and reserve a room as your first priority. It actually took my partner and I over six months to tap into the wrestling room and in the meantime we had to use one inch thick Karate mats which wasn’t fun.




One tip that I have to give in regards to retention is putting your members interests first before the regular intensities of BJJ. When we started the club we wanted to be as tough as a normal gym would be, however, it wasn’t the best for a majority of our members. Due to the intensity of practices a lot of people stopped attending and couldn’t enjoy the fun parts of the sport due to the grueling cardio we instilled in practices. To help with this problem we toned things back in terms of cardio and bumped up our technique oriented time and rolling time at the end we kept optional.


Be Well Rounded

The main thing that adds value to a club is to make it dynamic and multidimensional. With the BJJ club at UW Oshkosh we made sure of that by allowing people to take leadership positions, gain experience with marketing, finances, etc. as well as build a community for people that extended off the mats. The club was centered around BJJ but we stressed the fact that you get what you put into it not only with BJJ but with friendships, professional experience, and of course fun!

Overall, starting a club to bring people together to do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is awesome. I would highly recommend it! It not only helps your BJJ game but allows outlets for so many more things. Especially at a professional level, it’s an amazing networking tool. If you have any questions about how we started our club or want advice feel free to comment below and I’ll help you as much as I can.




  1. johnwapioke says:

    Nice read, how many training partners did you initially start with?

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