How to make your Jiu-Jitsu (and life) Transitions Smooth!

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We all know that the Jiu-Jitsu journey can be difficult.  This is especially true when you throw in jobs, school, family, kids…etc. This part won’t go away.  The kids, jobs, schools responsibilities will never fully disappear.  Why not embrace the “struggle” and enhance these experiences via your BJJ practice.  When you’re getting to class and releasing stress and anxiety everything feels better.  When you set things in motion for a consistent training regime… BJJ WILL feel like the magic elixir.  But when you’re resisting the “struggle” and making Jiu-Jitsu another “thing” you have to do… it too will be stressful.   But remember that your BJJ practice is here to help support your mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Good Jiu-Jitsu is about good transitions.  In other words, in a grappling match you have to successfully move from one position to another to secure a submission. But if your movements are unplanned, sloppy and incoherent you’ll probably lose your position and perhaps get submitted.  But when you plan, coordinate body parts and stay focused, the outcome is surely better.

On the mats it looks like this:

  • Initial set up, transition, improve position, lock in a submission.

Off the mats:

  • Initial set up – Plan out your training week by scheduling your classes on a physical calendar.  Ensure you’re doing all the things that will serve you ON the mats:  Proper rest, healthy – plant based diet, good hydration, meditation, daily stretching, etc.)
  • Transition – Have everything ready in advance (clean gi, training clothes, gear/ water etc.)
  • Position:  Through proper planning you have now positioned yourself for success!
  • Submission:  Now you reap the rewards of coming to class.  (Great exercise, learning a worthwhile skills, energy release, flexibility, friendships, mental clarity, emotional regulations, etc)

Now get to class (no excuses)

 

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