BJJ Poll: Does Your Jiu-Jitsu School Use a Set Curriculum?

We received this interesting question from Andrew, who trains at Nova Uniao. Andrew called our toll free number 877-247-4662 and said:

Hi Caleb. This is Andrew. I train at Nova Uniao and I just have a suggestion for a poll question. This comes from my experience – a big difference that I noticed in two BJJ schools. The question would go something like this: Does your BJJ program have a set curriculum in place? Now at the school I trained at previously, the instructor chose off the top of his head the techniques he was going to teach on any given day. At the school I am at now, there is a set curriculum for every belt level and stripe. In my opinion, the latter works for me because I can track my progress and I know what techniques I’m going to be working on in the near future. But anyhow, I just wanted to see what percentage of schools out there have such a curriculum.

Your wish is our command Andrew. This week’s poll

5 Replies to “BJJ Poll: Does Your Jiu-Jitsu School Use a Set Curriculum?”

  1. At my school we have a set monthly curriculum. This allows us to develop our complete game throughout the year. If you are training at a school that still teaches off the cuff…go elsewhere.


    Team Purebred/Lloyd Irvin – Guam.

  2. At my club, I have a pretty set curriculum for white belt, 1st through 4th stripes, and then more rough set of Goals/Standards for Blue belt. I do not have “testing” per se but do have a guideline for white belt stripes of anywhere from 3 to 6 months to do an assessment, either in a private lesson or an impromtu check-up in class.

  3. My club doesn’t have a set curriculum. I kinda wish we did because i like structure. But there is no way i would change schools. I’ve been there for 4months now and i feel at home. My instructors teaching style works. I can feel my game getting better.

    AdvanceMartialArts SunshineCoast – Australia

  4. My School is about as far away from a set curriculum as one can get. In the begining I used to think that there was some rhyme or reason to what we were being taught and when, but then I asked our instructor and found out the truth.

    Having come from a traditional Asian martial arts background it was a hard transition. However I think that the more free form, organic way of teaching has its advantages. As long as you continue to learn and improve in that environment all is good; if not start asking questions.

  5. My school doesn’t have a curriculum at all and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I really like the free form methodology that my instructor uses and actually work harder to show that I’m learning the techniques, using them correctly and improving every time I hit the matt.

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