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So you’re a dad and you’re doing Jiu Jitsu. You’re feeling good most of the time but you’re experiencing a slightly bottomed out gas tank from the added activity and all the responsibilities you have at work and at home. Providing for your family is important to you, but so is taking care of yourself; a dad’s gotta get his exercise!
Aside from the Sleep and Diet recommendations we made in PART 1, here are a couple tips to keep you Jiu Jitsu – ing and keeping up with your family!
3) Stretching – Everybody should stretch, period. Being involved in a martial art such as Jiu Jitsu, whether it’s for sport, fitness, self defense or just plain fun, stretching becomes even more important. To keep you injury proof and so you can still enjoy some play time with your kids without being too sore, include these limbering movements in your training and non-training days.
If you’re in the habit of arriving to class 10-15 minutes early, it would be to your benefit to carve out a little section of mats and do a short, minimal stretching routine that includes your wrists, shoulders and back; hamstrings, calves and ankles; a few simple neck stretches too! And always make an attempt to stretch out after class instead of chugging that water and running out the door!
Your Jiu Jitsu instructor should be able to give you a handful of stretches for each of the above mentioned areas. If you’re not sure how to do any of those stretches, check in soon for more details on which ones to do and which ones work best.
4) Safe Drilling
So you learned a great new technique in your Jiu Jitsu class, and you want to practice with your training partner; what’s the best way to internalize what you’ve just learned and be a benefit to your classmates?
Drill for precision, not for speed. Everybody wants to be the Flash when they first pick up a sweet new technique, or when a movement just makes sense. Rather than go ballistic on your training partner, try to do the following:
1- drill slow and for precision, going over every part of the technique that your Jiu Jitsu instructor highlighted.
2- work on your balance as you move through the technique. This is a great way for you to remember the details AND the careful movements will really work the muscle groups needed to pull the move off when going “live”.
3- if it’s a submission you’re drilling, take your time at the finish line! You don’t want to be known as the guy in the Jiu Jitsu school with no control. Plus, treating others the way you’d like to be treated is a pretty good policy in and out of the dojo, right?
4- Drill until your BJJ instructor tells you to stop! Too many times there are students who practice a technique 3 or 4 times and then they take a break, feeling satisfied that they’ve “got it”. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was any individual technique in Jiu Jitsu. Keep drilling, it will pay off!
If you employ these tips in your BJJ training and drilling, you’ll start to see a huge difference in your performance in no time!
Check out our next article in our Dad Jitsu series rounding out our 6 areas where you can improve your Jiu Jitsu training! We’ll tell you how to Spar Safely and how to immerse yourself in the BJJ community.