BJJ Poll: What’s the Longest Time You Like to Spar With Any One Person During Open Mat?

Many traditional martial arts only show you techniques and then hope or assume that when it comes time to use the techniques in a self-defense situation, you’ll be able to put those moves to use to protect yourself. One of the hallmarks of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the focus on training what you’ve been shown live, against a resisting opponent. This process is known as sparring or “rolling”.

Rolling is to many one of the most fun parts of jiu-jitsu. It’s an opportunity to try out all those tricks you’ve been excited to put into practice. Many BJJ classes end in sparring or even have a dedicated spot on the training schedule when there’s no formal instruction, just “open mat”: free sparring among whoever shows up.

When you are sparring in jiu-jitsu, do you usually like to spend a lot of time with a single opponent, or do you tend to change partners quickly so you can get exposed to everyone’s style more? Let us know what you prefer by voting in our poll this week!

4 thoughts on “BJJ Poll: What’s the Longest Time You Like to Spar With Any One Person During Open Mat?”

  1. Ugh, don’t like these options! I ended up saying “I don’t pay attention as long as I’m having fun” but my real answer is– I tend to spend a longer time with whitebelts, because they end up asking questions (and not that I can really teach much, but I can help them figure out the possibilities and explore them a bit.) I spend about 10 minutes with my own rank… and I tend to go for shorter rolls with upper belts, because I know they may want to train against more challenging opponents, so I don’t want to selfishly take up too much of their time.

  2. Hmmm. Most of the time, when we roll we use the timer so we can get a variety of opponents and I’ve never seen it set on 10min. It’s usually closer to the 5 minute mark but usually around 6 minutes or so.

    Even during Open Mat on Friday (two hours where the gym is open for people to train as they see fit) we usually still use the timer.

  3. I had a hard time coming up with these options, but I figured they’d be good enough to get the conversation going :)

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