Are you doing warm ups before your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training? If so, do you think that they’re effective… Or that they’re a sort of a waste of time? Why not just start off with light rolling and warm up that way?
Professor Ryan Young, from Kama Jiu-Jitsu, answers these questions and suggests what your warm ups should look like.
WARM UPS FOR JIU-JITSU: THIS IS WHAT’S IMPORTANT
First of all, if you aren’t a BJJ black belt, you really shouldn’t go forward with “light rolling” as a warm up activity. Why? Well, chances are that you really won’t know how to truly limber up your body with rolling unless you’re extremely experienced; and it’s quite likely that you’ll go harder than you need to… Twisting, spraining, and injuring something along the way.
That’s why it’s vital that your warm ups consist out of movements that will not just get you ready for training, but also keep you injury-free. Additionally, the stuff you do to warm up also has to be relevant to Jiu-Jitsu.
That is to say: you’re better off with doing movements that are specific to the Gentle Art. And not the ones you’d do, for instance, when getting ready for a run.
With that said, there’s still some utility to doing hard warm ups before techniques and sparring; pushups, pullups, squats, lunges… Until you’re reasonably tired.
Why? Well, because if you’re tired, there’s a bigger likelihood that you’ll be focused on using and refining your technique, rather than your strength and explosiveness, in training.
Professor Young explains more on the video below: