To the untrained eye, Olympic lifts look easy, until they try it. They think that lifting the bar over head is as simple as grabbing it and throwing it to the ceiling. I’ve had the chance of training and watching Pierre Roy coach, one of the best Olympic coach on this side of the globe, and although he seems to break it down so simply, it could take up to a few months until you master the basics… of the basics. (more…)
Should you really improve your cardio for BJJ?
In reality, it depends on your level and goals. Your cardio will obviously get better. The law of adaptation dictates that the response to a stimulus decreases as the stimulus is repeated. So yes, rolling will make you better and as you’ll gain experience, it will get easier. A similar law has to do with what is called Sensory Adaptation or Neural Adaptation, whereas Adaptation is defined in terms of changes in the body’s sense receptors. An example is the eye’s adjustment to the dark, or better yet, when you decide to go try another school and a big ass guy comes at you when it’s time to drill cross side. (more…)
Use these 5 training tips to improve your BJJ game
Like the fitness industry, there are a lot of myths going around the bjj world. Like gaining mass will make you less flexible, or being strong will slow down your game. Like any myth or principle, they are transported through time by those scared of the extra work or effort, those looking for excuses, or just plain wrong science. Remember, any advice worth it’s gold is only as good as where you find it and how the science was conduct.
It’s not because the pros endorse it that you can. It’s not because a given diet worked on your friends that it would do the same wonders for you. It’s not because Galvao can smash pass or that Garcia excels in the butterfly guard that you can put it in your game. So many details can influence many aspects of our plan that trying to point out what really worked is somewhat impossible for any of us. Trying to mimick what the icons and full time pros of the bjj world is often not our reality. Most people who practice the ‘’arte suave’’ have full time jobs and a family to take care of. (more…)
Individual needs dictates the process and design, but we often see patterns in many sports. As in Figure skating, the knees and ankles are the prime suspects of problems (often times hidden) and evaluating them is primordial. In this case, Brazilian Jujitsu has a few principle issues to deal with from the get go. One of the major concern when someone starts to practice this sport is that you can’t really be prepared, even if you have years of weight lifting experience.