The corona virus put the whole world in his place and the jiu jitsu community is no stranger to the impact and new regulation we need to deal with.
For us, the BJJ community we often need our regular “jiu jitsu” fix. The social distancing and the closures of academies around the world changed all of our lives.
There’s no way around it, and we need to keep reminding ourselves that – the most important part right now is help to slow the spread of the virus.
I know how agonizing self quarantine can be. We all have our routines, daily training sessions , work schedule and what not, it is definitely unusual to stop it all and sit back home.
We can already see a lot of creative ideas to train at home with little to know equipment, a lot of coaches and academies open their online training and post different routines that you can do.
I wanted to share with you a few ideas to keep in mind during this self quarantine
sometimes, taking a break from your normal routine can be a good thing.
If you are a competitor or have a busy work schedule. The opportunity to take some time for yourself and enjoy activities that you normally don’t have time for.
It’s a great opportunity to let your body heal, catch up with all the little task that you always been meaning to do (the one you always tell yourself you’ll do tomorrow )
Get caught up on all those life things, because when the crisis is over and the academies will reopens you will come back ready refreshed and more mentalaly prepared.
If you don’t have someone to train with no worries! While you won’t be able to drill some bjj specific drills, you can still do a lot of solo drills and strength and conditioning.
It’s a great way to keep you in shape and keep your movement flowing. Solo drilling can help you improve your basic movements and flexibility while working a bit on your cardio.
Most of us have some kind of equipment in our house. A pair or single double / a kettlebell / an elastic band / six pack of water bottles / a bag that you can fill with clothes etc!
and if you don’t have anything at your disposal dont worry, you can simply choose 5-10 exercises or movements and set up a high intensity interval training. Choose any time interval that will push you a bit.
If you don’t know what to do then simply do a tabata training that includes a timer of 20 sec of work followed by 10 sec of rest X 4 times.
Do that for each exercise or movement and you have a killer workout! Choose movements / exercises you know and like.
You can also search HIIT workouts on youtube. There’s plenty of good workouts out there.
BETTER SOMETHING THAN NOTHING
I highly recommend checking out coach gutcheck and his home workout with little to no equipment!
The best case scenario is that some of your family members or housemates also train jiu jitsu and you have some puzzle mats and extra room and you can set yourself the perfect drilling area.
If you and your family members or housemates are a lower belt than you, that can be a perfect opportunity to work on your technique and even go back to basic refining your escapes and basic sweeps and passing work on the little details.
Teach them and in that way you will have a better understanding about the technique.
That’s a great opportunity to work on positions you don’t normally do and even develop your coaching skills.
But even if you don’t have mats at home or anyone that trains jiu jitsu you can always ask them nicely to drill on them basic movements.
Drill tagged drills with focus on reps like Toreando, leg drags, back submissions (gently!!), etc. there are a ton of movement drills to do with a partner that require no knowledge at all.
Check out Jason Scully from grapples guide and his partner drills examples. (YouTube)
I’m a huge believer in studying your fights, your favorite fighters’ fights and even sparring footage, it will enable you to understand how to execute techniques and will give you ideas / solutions when you get stuck. .
In my mind, your training doesn’t stop after the class is over. Most of us imagining how we could deal with a position that happened to us, or what we want to do in the next training.
By watching instructional , online training or even youtube videos you’re activating the same neurons in your prefrontal cortex as you would be in training.
It should be a part of your weekly training.
And now it’s an amazing opportunity to study more, and expand your knowledge.
Leaders are readers. Period.
Find a good book, even an autobiography of someone you admire. you can learn a lot from people’s life experiences.
Of course jiujitsu will always be your first love, but you can also have other hobbies.
It’s important to keep your mind sharp by continued learning.
Get a new hobby, something that will keep you occupied. It can be something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for, like learning to play the guitar or buy an online course and learn how to draw.
Whatever it is, your brain will benefit from it and it will reflect on your jiu jitsu when you’re back on the mats.