Sport and your private life don´t run in harmony? You want to maximize your time on the mat and be as efficient as possible? Than the jiu jitsu journal, which helps with organizing your daily life and keeping your aims in focus, might be something for you to consider. You´re curious whether you´ll need a journal and what’s inside of it? Than this is the right place for you.
Jiu Jitsu journal is a yearly planner of grapplers for grappler. Behind the project stands the GracieMag author, blogger and BJJ purple belt Erin Herle. In our interview with her she revealed that she created the journal as a gift for her boyfriend and active competitor, so he can plan and monitor his training in an efficient manner. Then, however, she noticed that many other competitor and athletes could benefit from the journal and launched their project in a big way.
The Jiu Jitsu Journal costs $ 29.99 (about 22 €) + shipping costs and http://www.thejiujitsujournal.com/ available on the official website.
The Jiu Jitsu journal is as already mentioned a year planner, with a training focus, for grappler. At about 100 pages you will find different tools for the unorganized grappler. From the first page you will be taken by the hand and guided step by step through the planner. In the first pages, it requires you to write down your current weekly schedule and your priorities. The priorities then need a matching symbol which you need to draw right beside it. These symbols will help to keep an overview in the weekly or monthly overview pages. On the following pages are reserved for writing down your goals which then are divided into smaller goals, short term and long term. As an extra there are some messages from grapplers like Keenan Cornelius , Braulio Estima and Marcelo Garcia waiting for you as well. The focus of the journal, however, is the monthly or weekly planner. The month planner is very minimalistic, so you must enter the month and day. However, this also allows the journal not be forfeited and you won´t be throwing 50% of the price out of the window by ordering in June. The weekly planner is the core of the journal. Here you can write down your training, monitor your water supply or write down thoughts. On the right side (the double-page spread per week) you can keep hold of your Matt goals and the resulting technique aims, the days when you have drilled (+ repeat number ) , and your To-Do list.
- the monthly planner
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The Jiu Jitsu Journal comes in Din A5 size (21.5 cm high, 14.5 cm wide) and contains about 100 pages. While the cover is printed on a hard carton paper which gives the journal the necessary stability, the other pages are printed on normal paper. The Journal is held together by a spiral binding which seems weird at first glance, but after prolonged use it´s very useful while handling the journal.
On the cover of the journal, the artist “Meerkatsu” has drawn an overwhelmed Octopus which is trying to work his cardio, drilling and personal life simultaneously. The slightly playful theme of the cover is also happening in other design of the journal. All pages in the Journal have a “handwritten flair” to it which subconsciously encourages the owner to start writing down without paying too much attention to the look of it . The heart, the weekly planner, is very well designed and offers sufficient space for notes and own variations in each area.
The final question to ask is: ” Do I need such a journal ? ”. A legitimate question that everyone can answer for himself. It’s pretty simple; you want to monitor your training and your progress? You want to use your time on the mat as efficiently as possible? You are disorganized or want to target your goals? Do you rarely find time for your sport or it often collides with your other appointments? Then the journal is definitely something you might need. You´re only one or two times a week on the mat just to work of some stress and do not want to deal with bjj off the mat? Then I wonder why you‘re reading this in the first place and can tell you to spare the money and don´t worry about the journal.
On the whole, the journal is a great product for almost any grappler and I am convinced that everyone can benefit from it. There are some points that you could improve but they don´t distract from the overall positive impression of the journal.
Personally, after just a couple of weeks the journal is definitely something i don´t want to miss. Whether it´s the monitoring of your own training , the clear planning for the coming weeks or the subconscious force to drill ( makes a really unhappy if the column is left blank at the end of a week), it always comes in handy and brings me one step further in my journey.