As much as we all might cringe when we hear it, there’s no getting away from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu drills if you want to progress as a BJJ student. Yes, drills can be boring and sometime mechanical. They can be monotonous and it may feel like your just repeating yourself again and again. And we’d all much rather spend our time working out some advanced techniques and possibly rolling on the mat freestyle. But if you skip over daily drills, you are only robbing yourself.
It’s a simple fact of biology that the human body has to repeat movements thousands of times before they become “hardwired” into our muscle memory. That means that if you want to pull off a particular move in your next match, you better have darned well drilled it a few thousand times in practice.
So we thought we’d get the assistance of Universal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to provide to you a post that focuses on the importance of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu drills.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Drills
Getting those Jiu Jitsu Drills Done – Not everyone likes to take part in Jiu Jitsu drills because they find them the less appealing aspect of training. Most students of the art prefer to learn a few techniques in class and then take part in free rolling. This is not always the very best approach to training because there is a huge gap missing between learning techniques in a static fashion vs. being able to make those techniques work in a rolling session.
Jiu Jitsu drills are designed to act as that bridge. Drills help you develop the coordination, conditioning, and timing required to make all your techniques work. Drills are not anything magical as much as they are just tried and true approaches to training methods which make you more skilled.
What are some common examples of Jiu Jitsu drills which can help you improve your game? There are scores upon scores of them and the following is a brief look at a few very helpful ones:
- You perform an armlock on your partner who immediately executes an escape, establishes a dominant position, performs his own armbar and then you do the same he did. This will repeat.
- Guard passing drills work where the person in the guard is allowed only to pass the guard and the person in the guard is to sweep or submit. When someone succeeds in his goal, you switch positions.
- You are pinned in side control and have to get out of the pin within 15 seconds or less. The goal here is to develop an explosive escape from an inferior position.
Reduce Potential For Injury – Drills also have another excellent positive benefit to them. They help reduce the potential for injury. When you improve your skills and your reflexes, you will discover that your common aches, bruises, and injuries are reduced because you are not dealing with the problem of always being behind the proverbial eight ball due to not having the right reflexes to deal with an opponent.
Drills can also be performed at low, medium, and high intensity. You do not have to kill yourself when performing any drills as you can still get a lot out of them even when you are engaging in them at a moderate pace.
The listed drills above are but a few examples of the BJJ drills that you can add into your daily training sessions. Yes, they will get old and you may get bored with them. But if you can go the extra mile and stay fired up while you do them, there’s a much better chance that you’ll assimilate these important skills faster, and then you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced drills.
The simple fact is that we never get too good to perform Brazilian Jiu Jitsu drills. Just as the professional golfer still has to go to the driving and putting ranges to stay on top of their game, we have to incorporate daily drilling of the basics into our BJJ training. But the ultimate payoff comes when you’re on the mat and one of those techniques that you’ve been drilling fires off on auto pilot and you get your opponent to submit. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
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