Be it a martial artist or an athlete, you need to be flexible if only to avoid the type of injuries that result from stiff muscles and creaky bones. If you are a BJJ practitioner, improved flexibility gives your joints a wider range of motion which allows you to execute and defend against many of the techniques used in BJJ more effectively.
A flexible body can also serve you well when a seemingly typical day decides to throw you a curveball. This is where stretching exercises come in. They allow you to remain limber no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
Stretching exercises are also beneficial as you prepare for a workout, where they form part of your warm-up routine that protects you from injury.
Be honest: how often do you stretch? Probably not as much as you should… Which is, essentially, every single day – if you did that, you’d be much more mobile and less prone to injuries in BJJ.
Here are three stretches that you should do every single day. Sebastian Brosche demonstrates them on the video below and explains why they’re so great:
YOGA FOR ROCKS EXPLAINED – STOP FEELING STIFF AS A ROCK!
- This program will give you the foundation you need to establish a regular recovery practice at home, on the mats before / after training, before competition and especially when you feel sore after open mat.
- Sebastian’s years of both judo and jiu jitsu experience have taken him around the world, so he knows just how challenging it is for grapplers to stay flexible and injury free.
- Yoga for BJJ’s message is that we all do 100% of jiu jitsu with the one body we haveregularly is important.