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    Finally I found a BJJ School!

    Ok, I finally found the BJJ school in Vicenza! It's Nova Uniao run by Fabricio Nascimento. So, if any of you are getting stationed here or are coming to the Vicenza area, let me know!
    Since I've been inactive for long while and I'm getting up there in age, any suggestions for helping me prepare for September when I start?
    Thanks.

    #2
    Cardio, a ton of it

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      #3
      Originally posted by profroche View Post
      Cardio, a ton of it
      Thanks! I'll add flexibility to that too. Does that Tom Kurtz guide to stretching really work?

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        #4
        take it easy, don't try to prove anything to anybody.

        Just be open to learn and tap many times.
        (assuming you've never trained in bjj before?)

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          #5
          Originally posted by Necroyunus View Post
          take it easy, don't try to prove anything to anybody.

          Just be open to learn and tap many times.
          (assuming you've never trained in bjj before?)
          Thanks, I won't. I've started the cardio thing already but at a slow pace. I do have a tendency to jump into things like I was 21 years old, but I'm determined to not get ahead of myself. I've never trained BJJ and I'm excited to start. I don't have anything to prove to anyone but myself, and I'll just do my best. Thanks for the advice!

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            #6
            What are you doing for cardio?
            Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
            –George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

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              #7
              Originally posted by kelvis View Post
              Thanks, I won't. I've started the cardio thing already but at a slow pace. I do have a tendency to jump into things like I was 21 years old, but I'm determined to not get ahead of myself. I've never trained BJJ and I'm excited to start. I don't have anything to prove to anyone but myself, and I'll just do my best. Thanks for the advice!
              Sounds like you've got the right attitude, already. The number one rule at all BJJ schools should be "check your ego at the door" because, and I'm only saying this because it can't be said enough: in BJJ, tapping means you're learning. Especially if you aren't afraid to ask questions about it, afterwards! If I'd had the courage to ask, instead of waiting for someone to confront me about it, I would've found out I'd been leaving my arms in all the wrong places (dangerous in Jiu Jitsu) and I could've started working on erasing that bad habit much sooner. Or never letting it form at all!


              Before you start:
              Cardio, cardio, cardio.
              Flexibility, especially hip flexors.
              Jiu Jitsu University, by Paulo Ribeiro

              Once you start:
              Ask your instructor questions.
              Keep a journal of what you learned. So much more will stick that way.
              CALM DOWN. Breathe! No sense destroying yourself during the first round of rolling. (Though if that cardio isn't up to par, this may be unavoidable at first. no worries.)

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                #8
                Originally posted by kelvis View Post
                Thanks, I won't. I've started the cardio thing already but at a slow pace. I do have a tendency to jump into things like I was 21 years old, but I'm determined to not get ahead of myself. I've never trained BJJ and I'm excited to start. I don't have anything to prove to anyone but myself, and I'll just do my best. Thanks for the advice!
                No worries bro, hope BJJ can be a part of your life, because you will soon see that it's not just a sport, it's a lifestyle.

                But, please don't get me wrong, I also wouldn't suggest you to get SO hyped and doing some heavy cardio stuff as well.
                Not because it will be useless, but since you're not very familiar with BJJ atmosphere, it may have a wrong effect on you.
                If you were starting MT, I'd say, sure go ahead.

                But BJJ is a sport where technique will be your best weapon. Therefore I believe, the ability to do the techniques, is more important than having the cardio of a beast.

                What I would suggest you to do is to stretch a lot, do some exercises that will make your back, knees and grips more familiar to the sport (no need to go apeshit. Just get them used to some stress and get them stronger)

                I would also suggest you to do "bjj solo drills" that you can easily find in youtube.
                Your goal is to be as familiar as you can with these moves and do them in a relaxed fashion.

                By familiar, I mean, when you do 10 triangles simultaneously, or you hold something for 10-20 seconds, or you move on the ground a little bit you shouldn't be like "omg my back, omg my stomach, omg my wrists or legs or neck or whatever", it should feel natural.

                So just take it easy, do some stretches, general strengthening moves - you don't even need heavy weights(or weights at all), just do something for back, knees, grip, maybe neck etc. -and do some solo drills (there are some really fun ones on youtube)

                Aim for a "smooth start". Don't get ready like you have a competition soon.

                I've seen really tough cardio guys, still get tired on their first BJJ class, because they tried to use their other sport knowledge in there and fail.
                Since they are "tough" they think holding a guy from under him for 2 minutes with whole strength is a good thing, while all they actually need to do is relaxing.

                Good luck.

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                  #9
                  I don't want to disagree with the people who have been doing BJJ longer and are better at then me, but I think focusing on cardio is kind of futile. Its a totally different whole body exercise then anything else you could take a marathon runner put them on the mat and they will be winded. Just a thought but I would start working on some simple tumbling and core exercises get those muscles strong and efficient. Start working on bridging and shrimping now these two motions will make up a lot of what you will be doing.
                  You can also start doing this as well
                  Last edited by goodlun; 7/12/2012 3:16am, . Reason: to add link
                  Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
                  –George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by goodlun View Post
                    I don't want to disagree with the people who have been doing BJJ longer and are better at then me, but I think focusing on cardio is kind of futile. Its a totally different whole body exercise then anything else you could take a marathon runner put them on the mat and they will be winded.
                    Exactly my point

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                      #11
                      It looks like I need to do an "old man" (47) basic training. Light jogging, I have the equivalent to a Total Gym, and some good ole PT. The base I work at added some MMA workout materials like ropes, tires and the like along with free gym equipment. I'll definitely take a look at those videos suggested. Thanks for the great advise all!

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                        #12
                        Ultimately though the best way to get into shape for doing BJJ is simply to go and do it.
                        Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
                        –George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by goodlun View Post
                          Ultimately though the best way to get into shape for doing BJJ is simply to go and do it.
                          Roger that! I am way outta shape though and I remember when I tried to rely on my TKD class to stay in shape. No thank you. The class was more like an aerobics class than TKD. I hated being that tired.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by kelvis View Post
                            Roger that! I am way outta shape though and I remember when I tried to rely on my TKD class to stay in shape. No thank you. The class was more like an aerobics class than TKD. I hated being that tired.
                            One of the things I often see stressed often with newbies is to take it easy and go at their own pace and not to worry about keeping up with the rest of the class as we all know that even the fittest athletes are going to run into problems and face it most people are not all that fit. Just go in take it easy and feel free to step out when you have too. I would say take the warm up easy but just make sure you are fully warmed up. Also the thing about BJJ is its not really all that aerobic on the other hand it does get very Anaerobic. From what I see though most people gas out, out of anxiety and the act of trying to breath with someone sitting on them more so then as a fitness thing don't get me wrong fitness is involved but I don't think as much as most people think.
                            Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
                            –George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kelvis View Post
                              Since I've been inactive for long while and I'm getting up there in age, any suggestions for helping me prepare for September when I start?
                              Thanks.
                              Here's a link to a handy list of threads and articles for BJJ beginners compiled by our very own slideyfoot: http://www.slideyfoot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html
                              Shut the hell up and train.

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