Hard work pays off when it comes to training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but no matter how hard you work, if you don’t have a structure to your training program, you will never reach your full potential.

It doesn’t matter how athletic you are if you do not have the knowledge you need to create and develop your own game. You don’t need to be naturally athletic to excel in Jiu-Jitsu and this is one of the most fascinating parts of the art. Having some type of athleticism helps, but it is not needed if you have the proper curriculum to follow.

Having a curriculum is crucial, especially for younger students starting at the age of four, repetition and defined goals are key for success. You can learn specific moves, but if you don’t know how to set them up or what to do if it doesn’t work, it is going to be tough to move up the ranks and compete with higher level Jiu-Jitsu players. You need to learn the basics in a systematic way first and this will allow you to find your flow. You can see this as high-level individuals compete; as they move from one technique to the other, making it seem almost effortless. This is another benefit of following a structured curriculum versus an instructor showing you random techniques, without putting it together with other progressions.

You can see the results from a structured curriculum program with the Corral’s Martial Arts Adults & Kids Competition Team. CMA offers every student individual attention and personal accountability. Their unique curriculum, designed by academy owner Braulio Corral, is communicated to students via group classes and online instructional videos. To monitor curriculum progress, students and parents have access to progress reports on smart devices. The program allows students to set training goals and take notes for every technique they learn. In addition to the curriculum, each student and parent has an online membership to access the curriculum videos, which can be found at When speaking to the owner, Braulio Corral, about his program, he credits most of the team’s success to this specific method of teaching.

Students on the team are able to do high-level technique because they have a solid base of knowledge and have worked out the finer details with consistent drilling. When you combine hard work and a structured curriculum that teaches students higher level techniques, you create a championship level team that is capable of winning the most elite tournaments.