Technique is the key to progress and longevity in Jiu Jitsu. But technique alone without having the physical shape to use it may be problematic depending on your adversary and circumstances. Jiu Jitsu although called the gentle art, can be a ruthless sport that can leave you injured. Below let’s take a look at 5 tips to get in better shape in BJJ.
- Daily moderate bodyweight exercises. These work well especially if you are out of shape. Even 10 -20 minutes can be enough. If you do this daily it will build over time. Nothing builds into perfection in one day so trust the process. Bodyweight exercises can strengthen your joints and muscle endurance, they are often not as hard on your body as lifting heavy weights (depending on your choices of course, trying to be an olympic gymnast on day 1 will get you hurt). Again, moderation is the key. You don’t need to do 1000 push ups and pull ups on day 1 either. You don’t need to work until you are sore if you are doing a daily workout. Just do enough so you can do more the next day.
- Better nutrition. There are many fad diets popping up on a daily basis. For the most part a balanced diet with less sugar and sweets such as donuts and pizza can help you stay healthy. Having a fruit shake with natural sugars or having oatmeal can help give you energy and not cause you to be sluggish on the mat. Small daily adjustments is the key here. Timing your meals is also important. You aren’t going to eat a big bowl of pasta ten minutes before training. There’s also no reason to splurge right before bed. Having lean muscle and endurance is useful when it comes to longevity in Jiu Jitsu.
- Be careful while training. It’s hard to train if you are injured. So tapping and controlling your environment is integral to longevity. Pay attention to your surroundings. You can’t have groups bumping into you and you get injured. The more you can train the better shape you will be in for Jiu Jitsu. This is probably the most important tip for BJJ health.
- Posture while training. This is crucial to this topic because exercise will be difficult if you are training with a bad back, neck, knee or any other ailment. Be aware of your passing if you are too hunched over all the time. Be aware of how you play guard so you are not getting smashed constantly while on bottom. It sucks to have to be sore all the time when training so understanding your body mechanics, positioning and posture is often overlooked until it is too late.
- Weight training is a double-edged sword when it comes to Jiu Jitsu health. Proper form is crucial. Some people lift way too heavy with bad form which can injure you for the long haul. But if you lift properly, over time you can see large benefits. Everything depends on your style and how you play the game. Are you lifting for power or endurance or both? What exercises are crucial for your game? These are questions you need to ask yourself.
These are 5 tips for BJJ health and longevity. Any other tips you have please comment below and share this content if you feel it can help someone else.