Hi! I am Mayara Munhos and today I've officially invaded the BJJFLIX blog to talk about doing BJJ for a living without being a pro athlete.
So Jiu Jitsu has come into your life and it seems like it has permeated every single aspect of it.
You think about it all day and when you go to bed at night, you dream about it all night.
Now you follow every Jiu Jitsu athlete on social media, every BJJ news outlet and it has been months, maybe years since you've missed a competition. That's when you start getting tempted: "Should I make this a living?" The answer is a resounding "yes", but you lack either the ability or the desire to be a full-time athlete. How could you ever live off of Jiu Jitsu then? Does that mean the dream is over? Well, the good news is that there are other ways you could do that.
Rather than tell you if you should try it or even give you a list of things you could do to have Jiu Jitsu cover all of your bills; I I will tell you that Jiu Jitsu is a community, a world inside the world, and as such, it has its needs and demands. Whatever you already do, can and should be put to work in favor of Jiu Jitsu.
I was a new blue belt fresh out of college with my degree in Radio, TV, and Internet and I was also an ESPN new hire when I felt this itch. I had to consider the fact that there wasn't a lot of money going around in Jiu Jitsu yet and if the financial aspect was important to me, and it was, I would have to be very creative. I also knew that Jiu Jitsu for a living would be a process, not an event. Immediately I started inserting Jiu Jitsu into my writings as a journalist and only 5 years later, in 2021, I've made a full transition to work exclusively with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's been a tremendous journey and I can't wait to see what Jiu Jitsu will bring me next.
What about you? How will you make a living off of BJJ? Let us know!