BJJ Poll: On Average How Many Training Partners Do You Spar (“Roll”) with in a Typical BJJ Class?

Some folks don’t do any sparring in their Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. Some folks do just a bit before packing up for the day and heading home to recover after a hard day of training. And other BJJ students just can’t be pulled away from rolling even when they’re hurt and should’ve stopped a long time ago!

How about you? Do you generally go through a couple of training partners before heading home? What’s the normal number of training partners you roll with before you call it a day?

Let us know by voting in the poll above and leave us your thoughts in the comment section below!

9 Replies to “BJJ Poll: On Average How Many Training Partners Do You Spar (“Roll”) with in a Typical BJJ Class?”

  1. it totally blows me away when i have trained at other academies when out of town and see classes set up where you dont have to spar. what?!?!?!?!

    it’s almost as annoying as when i have trained places where you never switch partners through the whole class, drills and sparring. ugh.

    the two main places i have trained at you roll with pretty much everyone who is at class, every class. rarely is there fewer than 5 people, so i voted 5 or more.

  2. Normally 3 or 4 at most, particularly if the club is sufficiently relaxed that I can sit out should I want to (which I do quite often, due to a combination of wanting to write up notes and general laziness).

  3. Depending on how i feel, i will stay to roll a few times after the technique portions of class. You are NEVER required to roll where i train if you don’t want to. The idea is to have fun training, not dread training! The reality is that a lot of new folks are skittish about rolling when they first start so they have to be eased into it. if you require everyone to roll in every class all the time, people will get too nervous about it and eventually stop going to class!

    This, of course does not apply to the beginner who wants to compete and feels like he has something to prove. They are on the other side of the spectrum. They complain they don’t train enough, especially after they hurt themselves going 1000% every day all the time!

    Not requiring sparring all the time also drives home the point that what you get out of Jiu-Jitsu is really what you put into it. You give them a choice. If you want to improve, roll… if you still just want to do technique, that’s fine too, you just won’t improve as fast as you would be capable of.

    With that being said, we don’t have a lot of people who never roll(as a matter of fact, i can’t think of anyone who didn’t ever roll). The prospect of improving actually motivates the beginners to start rolling and to them it now becomes an addiction when you step on the mat, not a neurosis that keeps you from it.

  4. We have classes dedicated only to timed rounds of rolling, with this format, it’s possible to roll with up to 8-9 different people in one class. Some days the variety is good, but sometimes it’s hard to find that many good training partners, depending on who’s in the class.

  5. My brother-in-law, who recently became a black belt (I’m a 4-stripe blue) said that before he would leave, he would roll with everyone in the class — even if it was only a 1 minute roll. I think that’s great advice — though I have yet to take it.

  6. A good question to ask may be, “How often do you get to choose your training partners?”

    At one place I trained I never, ever, ever, ever was able to choose who I rolled against and I was always matched against a similar body type. I believe it stagnated my development.

    I just visited a new gym Saturday and had the opportunity to roll with five different guys of all sizes, shapes and abilities. I missed having the chance to face different types of grapplers.

  7. Classes at Gracie Philadelphia are broken up into warm ups, technique, and rolling. Most of the time we are placed with a partner. Occasionally, starting with the higher belts, you pick who you want to train with. Everyone is encouraged to train. I think this is a good way to do it. I’ve been to places that are too informal about training and I don’t like it.

  8. Classes at Relson Gracie Austin have about 30-45 min of Q&A + technique, then1 1-1.5 hrs of the techniques of the day + drilling and positional sparring, then another hour or so of open mat. We get to pick who we train with and whether we continue drilling, positional sparring, full-on rolling, takedowns, or whatever. I usually roll with 5-7 people in that hour, depending on who is around. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but usually around 5-7. I think our system works great.

  9. 3 times with 3 partners
    maximum intensity

    pass uki guard 6 min
    pass toris guard 6 min
    free roll 6 min

    switch new partner

    pass uki guard 6 min
    pass toris guard 6 min
    free roll 6 min

    switch new partner

    free roll 10 min

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