Written by Mike “Spider-Ninja” Bidwell is a BJJ Black Belt under Phil Migliarese and Ken Kronenberg (Team Tai-Kai / Balance). Mike is a full time Jiu-Jitsuka, blogger (check out his great blog BJJafter40 and ‘Like’ his Facebook page), freelance writer, content provider, teacher and Ninja-for-hire!
Maintaining a flexible, pliable body is imperative to prevent injuries and for a successful BJJ experience. As a smaller practitioner (I walk around at 150 – 155 lbs) I find that I get stacked on my neck and back quite a bit when I am rolling. By maintaining flexible hips and a flexible spine I have been able to avoid neck and back injuries. In these two videos I demonstrate my favorite solo stretches using a belt, foam roller and wall. I feel that stretching should be a daily discipline for all BJJ practitioners. Remember, stretching requires two things: a little discipline and you getting on the floor and doing something!
Solo Stretching and Flexibility drills with the belt and wall for BJJafter40
Foam roller exercises for BJJAfter40