Training should never be about winning or losing. Rather, it should be about learning new techniques, setups, transitions and concepts… It’s about becoming better. Not about keeping the score.
However, there’s an even more important thing to do in training than to learn. Yes, it’s to train in such a way that you stay healthy and capable of training BJJ for a long period of time.
Here are some of the tips for avoiding injuries in BJJ, as explained by BJJ Mental Models.
STAY HEALTHY FOR BJJ AND KEEP TRAINING: 4 TIPS
1) Don’t explode out of scrambles. Too often, “scramble” means: “I don’t know what to do in this position so I’m just going to muscle out.” This is where injuries happen.
Explosiveness is a tool, not a substitute for technique.
2) Don’t be a tetherball. Be wary of positions where you’re latched onto your opponent and they have full control of your body.
“Body tethering” positions, like hopping the back of a standing opponent, have a high chance of injury – especially in self-defense.
3)Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle. Clinical studies show that 98.7% of Jiu-Jitsu injuries could be prevented by just not putting your hand there.
If you’re ever unsure of where to put your arm or leg, your “default” should be: hide yo pawz.
4) You’re not obligated to match intensity. When your opponent turns up the intensity, you might find yourself doing the same without even realizing it. Don’t fall into this trap.
Keep your cool against overly aggressive opponents.
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