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Tips for improving your BJJ

Our inner west students at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu have enjoyed some amazing growth since they have started to train with us. 

Slow Down

Rolling any more than around 70% is much more likely to use strength, speed or other factors to pull off a move which lets you tap the other guy, escape a position or win a competition. During training, slowing down and making sure that you are learning is not only better for your learning but it also saves you from unnecessary injury.

Keep Your Posture

Although techniques will help you finish someone off, the vast majority of your rolling will involve keeping the right posture in a range of positions. Posture equates control when you are rolling. Your goal should be to maintain your posture whilst breaking your opponents posture. If you are not maintaining your own, it is much more challenging to control an opponent.

Don’t Exhaust Yourself

Break your opponents posture and hold your own posture. This alone will put the majority of the pressure on the person you are facing. It can be very tempting to use a technique to try improve your posture but in actuality, the focus should be reversed.

Think About Your Breathing

A great indicator of how hard you are working is noticing how heavily you are breathing comparative to the person you are rolling with. Also, you know what keeps you more fresh? Yup, correct posture!

Keep it Simple

Jiu Jitsu is designed upon the levers of the human body. Don’t try to learn every technique under the sun. Train and practice key techniques that work for you and be selective in what you add to your arsenal over time. Remember principles when training like controlling the hips, maintaining tight control and tucking in your elbows instead of adding too many techniques and attempting to pull off too many complex movements that require a great deal of fine motor skills.

Don’t Keep a Tally

It doesn’t matter how many times you tap your sparring partner. One of the fastest ways to stifle your growth is to focus on tapping your gym buddies. It is much more important to think about what causes a tap than relying on getting it. This is a fast way to get hurt and makes you forget about what you are learning.

Have Fun

Loving what you do is a great way to improve your game. Doing something just to improve isn’t a good enough motivation to keep you going. If you really want to get better, you want to enjoy the process and the people you are training with. So there you have it, a few ways to help you improve your Jiu Jitsu. If you are looking for a great gym to train in at the inner west visit our gym, Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu in St Peters.

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