With the whole world still affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Jiu-Jitsu community has suffered greatly from the lack of daily training and competitions almost every weekend. Here is how you can reinvent yourself to keep body and mind in the same harmony during this difficult period.
Now is the time to rest your damaged body from years of hard Jiu-Jitsu training get back better when this is all over.
1 – Yoga
BJJ practitioners benefit tremendously from the practice of Yoga. The exercises help a lot in the control of stress and anxiety, two symptoms that can most affect the human being during quarantine. Take care of your mind and body in the best possible way. You will be much calmer.
If you want to take it one step further and also combine breathing, stretching and strength training, you should seriously consider Yoga. 2x BJJ world champion Sebastian Brosche has a very good online resource Yoga for BJJ .
2 – Reading
Reading is perhaps, one of the best habits for the Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Reading makes you smarter, increases your vocabulary and creativity. You are more excited to put into practice what you learned in the book.
3 – Physical training
Now is the time to bulletproof your body for Jiu-Jitsu. You should have some equipment at home, for example, rubber bands, Kettlebell and weights to use in some way in training. You should also use your body weight for training.
4 – Study BJJ online
You should be watching more fights to analyze positions, videos of athletes that you like.
Condemned by some, encouraged by others, online learning has been a relatively new trend that started with Gracie University. There are several websites that offer videos with BJJ techniques and concepts. Several BJJ Top players have created such online learning systems. Marcelo Garcia has one, Xande and Saulo Ribeiro have the BJJ Library, the Mendes brothers have one, etc.
You have the excellent online instructional resource BJJ Fanatics which features the best instructors in the world such as Danaher, Fabio Gurgel, Galvao, Bernardo Faria, Tom DeBlass, etc…
There is also a new open source online learning BJJ website called WatchBJJ.com which is 100% free and provides all the best technique videos from the masters, intelligently categorized by positions.
5 – Podcasts
Our sport is starting to have more content on digital platforms and this is really an evolution. You can learn a lot about the mental, motivational aspect of Jiu-Jitsu through podcast.
Check out the last episodes of the BJJEE podcast: