In Jiu Jitsu we want to make the most out of our repetitions. Here are a few bad habits and tips for drilling.
- Learning a new move then drilling it super fast. It’s common we learn something new and want to get it faster asap. But what if you are missing a ton of details. Learning it slow then as you get better at it progressing toward a faster rate is most times a better approach then simply going balls to the wall from the get go. Even olympic sprinters practice their technical strides very slowly and precise because the details matter when it comes to speed.
- Drilling both sides when you only have 5 or 10 minutes and you just learned the move. It’s great to drill both sides of a move. But try and get one side correct first. Two great BJJ world champions said to me drilling the other side is like learning a new move. I personally agree. If a detailed move is taught and you have limited time, even if you are ambidextrous stick to one side until you learn it well then proceed to the other side if time allows or simply do it when you have extra time.
- Drilling it a few times then just waiting for the next move while others are still drilling. Drill the moves until the professor stops the drilling. It’s hard to get the timing or move down if you just drill it a few times then start talking about other stuff or just chilling. There’s plenty of time in BJJ for off topic conversation but so little time to drill and learn something. I used to make this mistake and think I knew the move then when I applied it i was often completely wrong and had to keep going back to relearn it. Jiu Jitsu is often complex (even simple moves need their proper time) and not easy so give it the attention it needs.
Those are just a few tips. Feel free to add your tips below: