10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 7

25 Nov

VISUALIZATION

“The Jiu Jitsu Mindset”

Jiu  Jitsu really is a game of chess! The knowledge, the tactics, the counters, everything! We see what our bodies do on the mat, either in sparring or watching others train. All the while, the mind is rapidly thinking and analyzing every situation, trying to figure out the next piece of the puzzle. Your mental training is just as important, if not more than your physical training. It’s a huge aspect of your jiu jitsu game that will need reps just like BJJ game. Being able to see yourself doing the moves in your mind along with putting in your daily reps, is a recipe for success! After our team practices at Van Nuys, everyone is completely dead tired, layer out on the floor making sweat angels. This is when we like to do our visualizations as a team. This has been a huge part of our competition teams success! Just take a few minutes a day if your at the gym or at home, and try it! If it’s something that’s weird for you or doesn’t work for you, you’ve only lost a few minutes. Use that visualization to help you go to sleep if you’re an insomniac like many of us are. If you’ve kept with these tips thus far, the last 3 days to seal out this 10 are the most important of them all! Once you start to add this information to your training, I promise you will see improvements in your grappling. Just be patient and stay consistent!

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10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 6

24 Nov

INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION

For an instructor often times it is hard to give personal attention to every student in the class, especially if there is a large number of people. With such limited amounts of time per class, often times details are left out, some of which may be the key to a student getting the move versus not. Private lessons with your coach is a great way to overcome this obstacle and will help your jiu jitsu game make leaps and bounds. Sure they can seem pricey, but if you’re serious about your jiu jitsu game and are anxiously aiming to get better, they are more than worth it. This will give you the opportunity to obtain the details that set off a light bulb in your head, and ask as many questions are you possibly can!! Remember these lessons are for you so use the time as you please. Private lessons aren’t the only way to get personal help… You can also ask to spar with your coach or have them watch you roll to give you feedback on areas that may need some improvement. Quite possibly they can see something that you’re really strong at that you may not know yourself. If you are a competitor, compete often! When put under the stress of competition, the true nature of your skills come to fruition. It also helps let you know where you are in the bigger scheme of things against other jiu jitsu players at the same belt level. Every instructor at every school offers these services so take advantage!

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10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 5

23 Nov

STUDY YOUR TEAM MATES GAMES

You would think that the only way to train your jiu jitsu would be to physically be on the mat sparring or drilling. But that is FALSE!! Whether you’ve just finished training and are sitting off to the side, or injured and physically be on the mat, you can use that time to watch your team mates spar or drill. We get so caught up in our physical training that we forget to step back and get an outside perspective on things. Not only will you be able see new moves but also learn your training partners “go to” moves! With this newly gained secret information, you’ll be able to develop counters to these moves, catching your training partners off guard! Most especially if you’re injured, don’t stay home and be lazy, stay in the gym and study, study, study!! You’ll be very surprised to see how much you’ve learned when you get back on the mat. Now, that doesn’t mean you’re going to back a stud, but it will definitely keep your jiu jitsu skills up. The 10th Planet Van Nuys crew got a chance to study some new games while visiting 10th Planet West L.A.! Next time you’re at the gym after training, take a break from sparring, kick back and watch everyone else spar and see what you come up with! Guaranteed you won’t be sorry!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 4

22 Nov

TAPER YOUR MOVES

To learn and perfect a move takes a numerous amount of reps! We all know that already, the more we rep a move, the more it becomes muscle memory. But what a lot of people don’t know is that the same thing goes for pulling that move off in live scenarios, it takes repetition. Students will rep a move hundreds or even thousands of times, then try to pull the move off on a higher belt expecting it to work and when it doesn’t they wonder why they just sat there practicing this move over and over. Tapering your moves is huge in this regard! What that means is start off with a white belt and aim only to get this one move, you will get your reps in and also see where the holes are when going in live sparring. You’ll slowly start to see it come together more fluidly, and at that point move up to someone a bit better. Don’t think because you got it so well on a white belt that you’ve figured out the holes enough to pull it off on a brown belt. Take your time with it, and slowly move up the ranks till it gets to that level. Guaranteed if you do this you will develop moves that are “black belt” level and your jiu jitsu game will jump up immensely. At 10th Planet Van Nuys we had a challenge between our students on a race to 10,000 reps of their favorite move. But like I said that’s just one aspect and can be divided up anyway. 1,000 reps drilling, and 100 reps going live. All of these are reps and will get you to that 10,000. So come down to van nuys and take the challenge with us!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 3

21 Nov

ASK YOUR INSTRUCTORS QUESTIONS

Instructors/teachers are exactly that because they have put it in the time to learn and master a particular aspect. So in this it’s safe to say that all of your instructors have a lot of knowledge about mixed martial arts or jiu jitsu. Take advantage of that and ask questions like crazy! How many times in every jiu jitsu class, after your instructor shows a technique, he asks the class “does anybody have any questions?” And how many times is the class completely silent? Unless you’re some sort of prodigy and can hit moves perfectly on black belts, there should always be a position that you’re not 100% confident in. The old saying is “the only stupid questions are the ones that go unasked,” it’s cliche and people become self conscience when they think about what other students may think of their questions, but the saying really reigns true. There’s a lot to learn in this sport, and asking questions is one of the best ways to speed up the learning progress immensely. Even if you believe that the question you may have is “stupid”, someone else is in the class is thinking and wanting to ask the same question. If you are a higher belt rank in the class, ask a question that you already know the answer too. This will help out the lower belts without them feeling embarrassed in front of everyone. Check us out at 10th Planet Van Nuys if you need any of your jiu jitsu questions answered.

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 2

20 Nov

TRAINING ROUTINE

In every sport, and especially in jiu jitsu, progression has always been and always will be about “mat time.” The hours spent practicing or adapting, will determine how well you do in jiu jitsu or any sport. Because of the endless number of techniques in jiu jitsu, it is crucial to stay in the gym either drilling, rolling, or studying. The best way to achieve this is to have a set training routine. If you ask any high caliber athlete they’ll tell you first hand that they have scheduled training sessions, this way it keeps you accountable. At 10th Planet Van Nuys, we are always in the gym because we are accustomed to it and you should be too. Include training into your weekly schedule, even if it’s 1 day a week, you will become used to so much so that if you miss that day it should feel weird and people should notice because you’re always there that particular day. If you’re just starting out in jiu jitsu, take it slow, start with 1-2 days a week and slowly start adding days if your schedule allows for it. The last thing you want to do is get so caught up in the art and train so frequently that the rest of your life catches up to you and you’re forced to stop training. Everything needs to be in moderation, and even though it may not seem like a lot of training in the beginning, you will benefit and get better. Visit us at 10th Planet Van Nuys to see all of our students daily routines!

10 Days To Better Jiu Jitsu: Day 1

19 Nov

GOAL ORIENTED TRAINING

When first starting in jiu jitsu or even when you get to the higher level, it’s very easy to lose focus and motivation to learn. Having goals set, whether big or small, will ensure that you’re always working on something and constantly progressing. Most of the time guys show up and just learn the moves that are placed in front of them or roll for the sake of rolling. Without a goal set in mind, you never get to really see your true progression because there’s no guide lines to measure your progress in your training. Goals can be either long term or short term goals. It’s always good to have both so that you can stay in training with the short term to eventually achieve your long term. At 10th Planet Van Nuys, keeping students on track and constantly persisting a new goal is crucial for our jiu jitsu players development. Coming off of injuries such as myself, one of my goals is to get back in the gym at least 3-4 times a week, and if I don’t one of my team mates will keep me in check. The same can go for you if you need a little extra push. So if you’re struggling to get back in the gym or maintain your training, think of a short term goal and don’t “try” to do it, make it happen! What do you have to lose? Need help with setting up goals? Come down to 10th Planet Van Nuys and let’s get started!

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