For those that are interested in tips to improve your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu performance, here is part 2.
Many people struggle with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and sometimes hit a wall and can’t understand how to progress any further. Sometimes the issues are obvious but it takes someone else to point it out so you can work on it. Some people might simply struggle with the martial art because it can be difficult. Whatever the reason we continue on with 5 more tips to improve your game.
Part Two: 5 More tips to Improve your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
1. Dynamic Movement – In a way, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be considered a game of human chess when you are sparring or up against an opponent at a tournament. You need to think a couple steps ahead and whatever movement you are going to use needs to lead into something that can lead into something else. By becoming dynamic you will create fluid setups and have a game plan for a particular set of movements. You can even set up movements to be used for when an opponent starts going with his movements. It is always to think a step ahead and this is something all black belts are able to do.
2. Be an athlete – Don’t become a body builder because you have had success using strength of technique. The secret in becoming very proficient at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and becoming a black belt is in the understanding of techniques. Becoming super technical and conditioned is the main requirements to become great at the martial art. Strength helps but should never be a focus because when you start to use strength you aren’t using technique and you may just be bulldozing your way to a victory which doesn’t help anyone. If you are training to become a MMA fighter then you may want to go for that type of additional training but if its only Jiu-Jitsu there should be no need for it.
3. Grips – Practice your grips because the first time, and this has happened very often, you compete you will realize how important your grips are. It is very common for a white belt to go out and totally blow out their forearms due to their grips. This has happened because you may be new to competition and the rush of adrenaline you forget to be calm with your grips. This may even happen during practice and sparring. You will need to learn to calm your grips and use them effectively and to strengthen your forearms. Over time you will develop stronger forearms through regular training, drilling, and sparring.
4. Work everything – You might be extremely good with take downs but whats the point if you are bad with attacking from the top or side? It is important to be able to do everything because once you get to a certain position you will need to do something from there. It ties in with being able to think a move or two ahead because once you take down your opponent what are you going to do next? In competition if you don’t know what you are going to do and hold a position you will be considered stalling. Drill all positions that you feel you are weak at before or after classes with other students that don’t mind helping out! Maybe they needed help working those positions too.
5. Posture – Posture is extremely important in the same way that you need proper posture to lift heavy objects. If you don’t have proper posture you risk injuring yourself or losing position. There is always proper posture in a given position and its important to pay attention to these. For example when you are in someone’s guard you never want to be hunched forward because it gives them easier access to your gi and neck.
That is all for this session of tips to improve your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game.
We hope these tips will help and improve your training. Stay tuned for the next batch of tips that will help you with your game as we get further down the list of things that will help you out.