A Sherdog post got me thinking about the astronomical drop out rate of jiu jitsu students. It has to be over 90%! I have been training for two and a half years, and have seen truck loads of new faces come and go. WHY?
- Ego: You will get beaten badly. You will get beaten often. You will get beaten badly quite often, and for a long time. Many people can’t accept this, and leave.
- Injury: A martial art comprised of joint locks and chokes can hurt. Training is essentially a live fight. Bumps, bruises, scrapes, and mat burn is expected. Mangled joints, deep cuts, and broken limbs are rare, but possible. The Gentle Art, indeed.
- No Instant Gratification: Americans want immediate results, yesterday. Some martial arts award black belts like McDonald’s sells Big Macs. On average, a black belt in jiu jitsu takes 10 years… if the student is dedicated.
- Personality: Most people don’t enjoy subjecting themselves to a strenuous, challenging, humbling activity with a near vertical learning curve for one day, let alone years.
Any other reasons you can think of? Price? Close contact with sweaty men? Ring worm/impetigo/staph?????