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    New to BJJ. Looking for advice on breathing

    So new to grappling and only a few months stand up too. Really enjoying the three classes ive been too. Both gi and no gi. What im struggling with as much as anything is breathing,especially when i have some else weight across my chest.
    Im trying to keep calm,not be overly active all the time. Part of the issue is me panicking when i cant catch a breath. Its a long story but i nearly died of pancreatitus a couple of years back and spent 7 months in hospital. Including induced coma,kidney dialysis,learning to move again. And when im on my back and cant catch my breath it partly takes me back to then as i had that issue while on a breathing machine. I know ill get used to the weight and my mind will be ok and stop panicking overtime.

    But just looking for exercises/tips on breathing diring training. Im overweight but working on getting that down so that will help too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee909 View Post
    So new to grappling and only a few months stand up too. Really enjoying the three classes ive been too. Both gi and no gi. What im struggling with as much as anything is breathing,especially when i have some else weight across my chest.
    Im trying to keep calm,not be overly active all the time. Part of the issue is me panicking when i cant catch a breath. Its a long story but i nearly died of pancreatitus a couple of years back and spent 7 months in hospital. Including induced coma,kidney dialysis,learning to move again. And when im on my back and cant catch my breath it partly takes me back to then as i had that issue while on a breathing machine. I know ill get used to the weight and my mind will be ok and stop panicking overtime.

    But just looking for exercises/tips on breathing diring training. Im overweight but working on getting that down so that will help too.
    Welcome to Bullshido!

    For starters, try not to get flat on your back. Then, work in some light to moderate cardio on your off days (a brisk jog, perhaps).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee909 View Post
    So new to grappling and only a few months stand up too. Really enjoying the three classes ive been too. Both gi and no gi. What im struggling with as much as anything is breathing,especially when i have some else weight across my chest.
    Im trying to keep calm,not be overly active all the time. Part of the issue is me panicking when i cant catch a breath. Its a long story but i nearly died of pancreatitus a couple of years back and spent 7 months in hospital. Including induced coma,kidney dialysis,learning to move again. And when im on my back and cant catch my breath it partly takes me back to then as i had that issue while on a breathing machine. I know ill get used to the weight and my mind will be ok and stop panicking overtime.

    But just looking for exercises/tips on breathing diring training. Im overweight but working on getting that down so that will help too.
    First you have to be aware of your breathing, and how to control it. Which can be hard when a dude is squeezing the **** out of you. Unless you are into that sort of thing, LOL!

    You might want to try some simple breathing exercises on your own time. The Internet is your friend. You could start with learning how to breath correctly (diaphragmatic breathing).

    Then, you could have a training partner put pressure on you, and pay attention to your feelings and breathing, and practice breathing in that situation. Combine that with as Submessenger put it, not laying flat on your back, and you should gradually get better.

    Of course, lose weight and work on your cardio as well, that will help a lot too.

    And, as my BJJ coach says, learn to "get on top and stay on top"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee909 View Post
    So new to grappling and only a few months stand up too. Really enjoying the three classes ive been too. Both gi and no gi. What im struggling with as much as anything is breathing,especially when i have some else weight across my chest.
    Im trying to keep calm,not be overly active all the time. Part of the issue is me panicking when i cant catch a breath. Its a long story but i nearly died of pancreatitus a couple of years back and spent 7 months in hospital. Including induced coma,kidney dialysis,learning to move again. And when im on my back and cant catch my breath it partly takes me back to then as i had that issue while on a breathing machine. I know ill get used to the weight and my mind will be ok and stop panicking overtime.

    But just looking for exercises/tips on breathing diring training. Im overweight but working on getting that down so that will help too.
    Since you say it's in your head I recommend fixing it there as well. If you are getting scared and short of breathe remind/tell yourself ,"There's no where else in the whole world I choose to be tonight." If it becomes painful or dangerous stop but keep showing up for class and you will get better.

    Jiu-Jitsu is not about who is best. It's about who's left. In 10 years almost every white belt that is training now will have quit training bjj all together. The ones that dont will likely be black belts.

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    Thanks for the replies
    I looking for breathing exercises now and sorting a weights,cardio program for non grappling days.
    Think i did pull something as its day 2 after now and my chest(sternum) giving me a bit of a issue. Just stretching out and going on the bike for a couple of days making sure it and my knee are fin before going back on Monday as work means i cannot make saturday.

    Really enjoying it non the less

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    Go swimming.

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    Have not been for years.
    Probably be more sinking these days,seriously though as cardio or recovery?
    Ill have to look at the timetables as i work 6-6 7 days on the spin so need to see if there is somewhere i can go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee909 View Post
    Have not been for years.
    Probably be more sinking these days,seriously though as cardio or recovery?
    For breath control/coordination with movement and as low impact cardio.

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    Wanted to bump this and check in with Lee. How are you doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raycetpfl View Post

    Jiu-Jitsu is not about who is best. It's about who's left. In 10 years almost every white belt that is training now will have quit training bjj all together. The ones that dont will likely be black belts.
    Well I get to start the day with my feelings hurt...11 year purple belt here. :)

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