How To “Re-Ignite” Your Jiu-Jitsu - Strong As Hec

How To “Re-Ignite” Your Jiu-Jitsu

Have you ever wanted to "Re-Ignite" your Jiu-Jitsu?  About a week ago I was talking with a friend of mine and he shared with me, "how over he was bout the idea of 'rolling hard' the longer he's been training Jiu-Jitsu." 

It got me thinking...

Rolling hard is great--not only will it challenge you mentally and physically, it can also slowly break down your body *if* you don't know how to structure your training.

Then it hit me and I remembered 

... the one thing I enjoyed most about BJJ

Drilling and entering "the flow state".

When I was a blue belt a couple of our teammates Jeff Glover and Bill Cooper would frequently visit us. 

These guys were (and still are) masters of "the flow state".

What is the flow rolling?

Pretty simple, you roll at like 50-60% effort (maybe less), giving up positions, transitioning from one position to the next and attempting submissions you wouldn't normally "go for" out of fear of being swept or losing a dominant position.  

Essentially, "just move" non-stop, not matter what.

Get caught in a submission?  

No problem, your partner allows you to execute your "technical escape" while trying to set you up for the next submission or sweep.

It's a rush, highly addicting, and extremely restorative.

And talk about a great endurance session, you don't get more "sport specific" than that.

Let me ask you a question:

Do you feel stagnant, not in control and want to "re-ignite" your Jiu-Jitsu?

If the answer is yes, then "flow rolling" is where it's at!

Here's what happens when you "enter the flow state":

  • You enter this amazing state of consciousness and become self-aware of your Jiu-Jitsu's strengths and weaknesses.  
  • The timing of your transitions improve, you can almost see each move 3, 4, and 5 steps before they even happen--as if you're in the Matrix (Neo ain't got s**t on this).
  • You're cardio and work capacity catapults into dimensions  you NEVER thought possible as you build this almost "limitless" fuel tank to go and go.  
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     Your enjoyment for Jiu-Jitsu goes through the roof and keeps you craving for more--to the point you can't sleep for hours because you're thinking of the days flow session.
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    The fear of getting injured and missing time from work is non-existent. In fact, you wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and not like a bruised turd.
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    The ability to trust, problem solve on the fly, face your fears, insecurities and improve your communication skills with others.

I could go on and on.

Flow rolling is AMAZING and one of the best way to "re-ignite" your Jiu-Jitsu without having to roll hard everyday.  In fact, you could flow roll everyday.  Consider this the "Easy Strength" of BJJ.

Don't get me wrong, I love my ego filled "balls to the wall" rolls like every other white belt on the planet

... but there is a time and place.

I believe it was Ed Coan (the greatest powerlifter of all time!) whom said, "you only have so many 'heavy lifts' in your lifetime--choose them wisely."

I believe the same thing applies in BJJ, you only have so many 'hard rolls' in your lifetime, choose them wisely.

Give it a try, you'll thank me later.

If you read to the end

... I'm curious, have you ever been "stuck in a rut" and feel like, "eh, I'm just not 'feeling Jiu-Jitsu right now', I think I'll take a break"?

If so, drop a comment.

Gotta run.