3 Things You Need to Get Better at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

How do you get better at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

You practice of course.

But practice is a very deep and rich conversation. Things can complicated quite quickly.

And although I love the science of motor learning, I like to keep things super simple in concept and design. 

This is why I fell in love with this simple concept I read about from MMA fight Frank Shamrock. 

Embracing the Seasons of Jiu-Jitsu

If you want to grow your mind, your body, your movement practice or your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills you have to plant seeds.

The seeds of tomorrow's brilliance, your shiny new skills, your beautiful new body and Jiu-Jitsu are planted in the soil of today's activities.

That begins right now.

It begins with what you're putting in your mind and your body. How you're cultivating the soil and how you're tending the seedlings. 

So many of us live in a perpetual harvest mode.

We just want to reap a harvest all the time. But we're not willing to plant the seeds, to tend the seeds and to take care of it.

There is a natural progression to everything in life: you plant, then cultivate and then finally you harvest.

When we were farmers everyone knew this intuitively. And the results were self-evident: it's just the way things are. 

Plant. Cultivate. Harvest.

But that's all changed today.

In today's culture everyone wants to go from plant to harvest.

We get frustrated when we join a BJJ school and aren't brown belts in 6 months. We get upset when we start a diet and don't lose 10 pounds in 2 days.

Cultivation. This is the step we've lost touch with. But it's exactly where the power lies.

And it's this step that you have the most control over.

And it takes place totally with your movement and Jiu-Jitsu practice. 

In fact, I would go as far as stating that Cultivate & Practice (as a verb) are quite synonymous. 

So don't worry about your training year or your 8-week cycle. Master your day. Cultivate daily rituals that will lead to the beautiful type of fruit your looking to enjoy. 

Master your day and all else will follow. 

Fast Yoga Flow for BJJ (Basic Flow)

I use the term "Fast Yoga" to describe simple bodyweight movement flows that I incorporate into my daily training. Often times these are my pre- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu warm-ups but I also like to do some fast yoga flows before other non-BJJ related training like barbell or kettlebell work. 

You could also use these flows as a pick-me-up during the day to improve mobility, brain and blood flow or just to improve your mood. 

The flow below is a basic flow consisting of a full squat, a sit-through or sit-out and standing up in base. 

Here are just a few quick tips:

  • Feel free to hang out in any one of those positions as long as you like. There is no right or wrong here whatever is resonating with your own body at that particular time. 
  • Feel free to sway and swagger gently from side to side. Check your stability and base. Play with active and non-active shoulders. Play with the position of your palm and gently pry open your hips with your elbows.
  • For more conditioning add some speed and quickness to your flow. Jump into your sit-through and add a jump into the technical stand-up.
  • You can set a timer or work for repetitions...both options work quite well.
  • Finally, you can combine this flow with other training tools and methods. For example, doing some jump-rope work prior to this flow would be great. 

Please try it out and let me know how it goes...have a question ? Let me know.