5x world BJJ champion Bernardo Faria knows a thing or two about how to train in order to become a champion. He achieved a phenomenal double gold medals in the BJJ Mundials in 2015. Be sure to check out Bernardo’s new DVD instructional series on the Faria Guard, The Z Guard, escapes and pressure passing.
For Faria, in order competitors to improve they need to give it their all during training sessions. During training, if you sit out a round because you’re tired, it’s a waste of precious training time.
Faria shared his secret to get the most out every session: never sit out a rolling round and after the training session is over do more rounds and with the toughest training partners:
When the class finished and everybody would go home, would go shower, I would try to do three, four or five more rolls of five or six minutes so I would try to row for thirty or thirty five minutes more after the class finished. To make it even worse, I would try to roll with people that are fresh…
Why would you subject yourself to this training regimen?
When you roll tired, that’s where the magic happens. That’s when you use the real Jiu-Jitsu without all your physical attributes. When you are really tired, you just defend and work on your escapes. It’s always better than sitting on the side.
What about getting tapped all the time because you are so exhausted?
When I was very tired and I would not even care if someone tapped me even if the guys was blue / purple belt and if it happened I would not care because I knew that during the week I was training more than everyone.
Training for competitions is very rewarding: constantly fixing holes in your game, tightening up your game, eating better, sleeping more, lifting weights, rolling with the toughest training partners, training tired, not taking breaks, more focus, determined, constantly improving, motivating and lifting everyone around you. Resting on weekends.
You will also want to take advantage of the new instructional series by the legendary Bernardo Faria, Foundations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Bernardo is a five time world champion and one of the most sought after instructors in the world. As one of the sports most accomplished competitors, he has done something that many athletes are unable to do. He has been able to translate his BJJ knowledge in a way that is applicable to EVERYONE. You do not need to be a gifted athlete to benefit from Bernardo’s knowledge. Do not miss this one. You will not be disappointed.