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    So, due to various financial, injuries, and logistical issues, I have been out of training for about six or seven months. I have used some of that time to get back into the gym and have lost about 24lbs in the past three months. I am not in any real good shape or conditioning yet, but I'm getting there.

    Recently, a reputable BJJ school has opened up near me. I am hoping to have my financial issues resolved in the next four to five months, and I am eager to get back to my training. This will include Aikido, Kajukenbo, and now BJJ.

    Starting next week, I am going to begin some Kaj workouts at home. These are very aerobic and full of calisthenics, and stretching. A standard home version for me would be the following:
    Hops
    jumping jacks
    windmills
    mountain climbers
    squat thrusts
    different types of push-ups
    sit-ups
    planking
    punches
    kicks
    stretches.

    At first I am planning to start with sets of ten and increase with ability to sets of fifty over time.

    I also lift regularly now, and am soon will be getting my road work back on track.

    My question; is this type of home training sufficient for conditioning to prepare for BJJ? Right now I weigh 224lbs and I am 5'6". By the time I am able to afford to start training again, I should be under 200lbs. I am more or less built like the guy who played Bane in the latest Batman movie. I understand for that role he weighed about 191lbs, and is supposed to be 5'10", though I know actors have a way of adding three or four inches to their height. Stallone claims to be 5'10"and I have heard from a former publicist of his he actually is closer to 5'5". Either way at or near 190lbs, I am built like Bane as he appears in the movie.

    For BJJ should I try and lean out more? I have a few months to work on this, and If I need to put off starting the training for more conditioning and body transformation I can do that too. I would like to know now so I can change how I lift and train if need be.

    #2
    I had the same questions and I was given this link: http://www.slideyfoot.com/2006/10/bjj-beginner-faq.html
    I also have a friend who suggested yoga. Don't laugh. Yoga is great for core, balance, and flexiblity.

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      #3
      Simply put: To prepare for BJJ, just go and do BJJ...then add on stuff on top.

      Pretty simple.

      Don't use this (prep) to make excuses not to START BJJ TODAY!

      Drop your other martial arts, pay for BJJ now, if you can, and just go fucking do it.
      Daniel: I don't know if I know enough karate.

      Miyagi: Feeling correct.

      Daniel: You sure know how to make a guy feel confident.

      Miyagi: You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.

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        #4
        if you can't afford any MA now, than at least focus much more on your cardio, you are going to gass there, look up some good cross-fit combose, they integrate power and cardio. Runing is your base, perhaps get good doing 3-5 minutes fast paste runs with 1-2 minutes breaks.
        I discovered this super duper circuit for grapplers which i like a lot, and it really covers nicely the muscles you will use and it also take to complete between 2-3 minutes so when you finish you are going to feel out of breath.
        You start with light weight, and try to do at least 3 sets when they recommend going up to 6..so this is not a heavy lifting thing, it is more a cardio via hard core exercises.
        Of course don't forget your flexibility, and rolling break falling, if you can practice that..and finally a thing that non MA tend to neglect are your neck muscles, they are going to letch on your head, twist it and choke it, you will need strong neck muscles so go to a thread about it. All the best.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mr.Miyagi View Post
          Simply put: To prepare for BJJ, just go and do BJJ...then add on stuff on top.

          Pretty simple.

          Don't use this (prep) to make excuses not to START BJJ TODAY!

          Drop your other martial arts, pay for BJJ now, if you can, and just go fucking do it.
          I'm not using this prep period to not train. My wife has been out of work since January, and with two kids, everything is going to household right now. We should be recovered financially, hopefully, by year's end. I had some injuries, which weren't training related, but none the less, kept me out from before we hit these lean times. I basically made a mistake and went sedentary for too long.
          I had returned to Kaj, cause let's face it, Aikido alone isn't going to condition you for really anything. I am basically tired of being a clump and I have a few months before I can get into a dojo or any kind of class. It's not like I have the choice to stop training in one or another for another right now. All I can do is my conditioning on my own for now. If at the end of a month I have a few extra bucks laying around, I may pay a mat fee or two and get something in, but with two kids, I have to be responsible as well.

          Plus a reputable BJJ school just opened up, jogging distance from my house. I would be a fool, not to take advantage of having this opportunity so close. I am not trying to make excuses for not training, I screwed up and put it down for too long and got out of shape. If I could jump into some classes right now I would. That's what I did when I returned to Kaj, and believe me I paid for it in sweat, burning muscles, and vomit. Since regular classes aren't an option right now, I am going to condition the shit out of myself, to make my return to training, and start in BJJ easier.
          Last edited by Aikironin21; 7/30/2012 11:59am, .

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            #6
            Originally posted by erezb View Post
            if you can't afford any MA now, than at least focus much more on your cardio, you are going to gass there, look up some good cross-fit combose, they integrate power and cardio. Runing is your base, perhaps get good doing 3-5 minutes fast paste runs with 1-2 minutes breaks.
            I discovered this super duper circuit for grapplers which i like a lot, and it really covers nicely the muscles you will use and it also take to complete between 2-3 minutes so when you finish you are going to feel out of breath.
            You start with light weight, and try to do at least 3 sets when they recommend going up to 6..so this is not a heavy lifting thing, it is more a cardio via hard core exercises.
            Of course don't forget your flexibility, and rolling break falling, if you can practice that..and finally a thing that non MA tend to neglect are your neck muscles, they are going to letch on your head, twist it and choke it, you will need strong neck muscles so go to a thread about it. All the best.
            Cool thank you! Our Kaj routine does about the same thing, it takes about forty-five minutes basically non-stop to get through. I'll add this to my routine somewhere.

            What do you think about bridging? When I was in my best condition a few years ago, I did a lot of bridging for my neck strength. Something I carried over from my football and rugby days in high-school. I wish I had a four way neck machine though.

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              #7
              There are tons of BJJ and wrestling specific solo drills out there.

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                #8
                I too haven't worked out in quite a while and being a little bit on the shy side of 50, too much exercise just plain hurts. Start slow and build up. If you can do BJJ now, do it. I would too, but August is vacation time here in Italy and I have to wait until September. So I'm going to try some Yoga stuff at home and your basic calisthenics. If you're still in shape(I doubt it after 7 months) I was told by my friend that kettle-bell exercises are great.

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                  #9
                  Flexibility training is really useful for BJJ, so I'd do a lot of that if I were you. You'll probably want plenty of cardio, too. There are also a lot of one-man jiujitsu drills that you can do to get you used to the feel of certain basic techniques (like shrimping) that are also good exercise if you do enough of them. Check out Saulo Ribeiro's book, Jiu-Jitsu University for examples. You can also google the exercises if you can't find the book at a bookstore.

                  Honestly, though, not being as fit as you want to be isn't really a good reason not to do jiujitsu. Obviously, fitness improves your game and makes you a healthier person, but when you've gotten your financial issues resolved, just go do BJJ even if you don't feel like you've exercised enough.

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                    #10
                    I have to second yoga for a great activity that fits right in with Bjj. I do hot yoga twice a week and it has helped my grappling more than weights ever have. But nothing gets you into rolling shape like rolling. Good luck.

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                      #11
                      I will guarantee you this: all your cardio work will mean fuck all the moment you step in a BJJ class. You will gas regardless of how strong the ticker pumps oxygen through your system. You will gas in the first twenty minutes. You will gas your first roll and you will gas for the next month or so. The reason? Because there is a difference between having awesome cardio and having awesome cardio while you have 100kg on your chest restricting your breathing for extended lengths of time, while you panic and your body goes into fight or flight mode, but being unable to flee you start wildly swinging your arms, bucking like you were on the Pro Bull Riding circuit, except you're the bull and there is no minimum or maximum time the rider must stay on for, except at his or the instructors discretion. Your breathing will be shallow, fast and ragged. You will end every roll panting like a puppy that just discovered it loves chasing cars before collapsing in agony wondering how, with all the exercises you did in the lead up, exactly HOW have you found several other muscles you didn't know were there, as well as why your joints feel like someone has injected a balloon that is slowly inflating.

                      To reinforce Miyagi's point, the best way to get fit for jiu jitsu is to do jiu jitsu. It's a completely different cardio than anything in other martial arts.

                      BJJ makes other martial arts' cardio seem like a lazy stroll through a rainforest while breathing through a gas mask connected to an oxygen tank that someone else is carrying. At first. There's a caveat.

                      Also, stop paying for inferior products.

                      This is an unpaid advertisement for BJJ, spoken by battlefields for the JUST FUCKING DO BJJ AND STOP PRETENDING YOU'LL EVER BE "FIT" ENOUGH TO PARTY party.
                      GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
                      Originally posted by Devil
                      I think Battlefields and I had a spirited discussion once about who was the biggest narcissist. We both wanted the title but at the end of the day I had to concede defeat. Can't win 'em all.
                      Originally posted by BackFistMonkey
                      I <3 Battlefields...

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                        #12
                        Train what you want to train. Bullshido will still be here.

                        BJJ, like other grappling on the ground martial arts, is an anaerobically intense sport. It is hard to train for this outside of the sport because like battlefields stated, it's an exercise that pits all your muscles against your opponents.

                        A few years ago everyone said HIIT training is one of the better ways to prepare and to train for grappling without the grappling.
                        Shut the hell up and train.

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                          #13
                          I'm going to say that sprints and the followed by the grappling circuit will give you the best results as far as s&c for bjj. Though really you'll be more tired from lack of technique.

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