The Weekly Fix: Video Feed Back Fixes Your BJJ

Welcome to the Weekly Fix!

The Newsletter from the Bulletproof For BJJ brothers JT & Joey, to give you the insights you need to have a better BJJ life. .

  1. Video Feed Back Fixes your Bjj: Take a look at yourself!
  2. Technique of the Week: Fix your shoulders
  3. Community Spotlight: The Absolute MMA Assassin
  4. The Audio Hook Up: Maximise Recovery PT.3

VIDEO FEED BACK FIXES YOUR BJJ: Take a look at yourself

When you are struggling with a BJJ technique or position it can be frustrating and sometimes emotional. You look around the mat and seems like everyone else gets it but you don’t.

These same feelings can come up when you are lifting, whether you are training at home or in the gym you struggle to improve at a particular movement and you don’t know why. This can be really challenging and make you feel like you want to give up before you have given yourself a chance to improve.

Emotions cloud judgment! Feeling good while performing poor technique can reinforce bad habits, while feeling bad when executing well can really kill motivation. We need to take the emotion out of it and get some objective feed back.

 

  • Film Yourself: In order for you to really know what you are doing right and what you are missing you need to have a tool to help you and coach review your practice and performance. Video of you doing a particular technique or sequence as well as a particular lift will give you an unbiased snap shot of exactly what you are doing so you can reflect, adjust and then put your new understanding into action.

 

  • Seek Advice: When you review the footage of your training or drilling you may not know what to look for. This is why it is key to have a coach or more experienced training partner to help you understand the key things to look for. Once you understand what makes and breaks the position then you can continue the review process independently.

 

  • Knowledge in Action: Now you can see where you need to make changes it’s time to take action! In order for you to really improve you need to apply the changes that the video has given you so you do not repeat your mistakes. This is easy to say but bad habits die hard. It will take a large a mount of repetitions to ingrain the new technique to the point that it feels normal and even under the intense pressure of a skilled opponent or a heavy bar your new technique withstands the test.

 

  • Skill Practice VS Fitness Training: It’s important that you set some time aside for specific skill practice and don’t just combine it with your other training, rolling and conditioning workouts. Not every session has to exhaust you to be beneficial. Practicing techniques when you are tired results in sloppy skill execution.

Actually in the name of improving skills this is best done when you are freshest so you can exert the most bodily control and also bring as much mental focus as possible so that you truly remember all the changes and adjustments you make. This will translate to better performance of these skills when rolling.

 

 

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HEALY DAYAN POKED

Academy: Absolute MMA StKilda

Started BJJ: March 2018

Rank: Blue Belt

What year did you start BJJ? I started training in the Gi in March 2018, I was 17 years old. A couple of months prior I participated in a few No-gi + Wrestling classes when I was in Thailand, but I was mainly focusing on Muay Thai at the time.

Who or what got you introduced to BJJ? Our gym had BJJ classes on after the MuayThai/boxing classes, which i’d train in. I’d stay and do some extra conditioning on the side whilst also watching the JiuJitsu classes, I was intrigued by the ground element and it looked so fun. I’d already met my first BJJ coaches, Ian Ludgero and Jefferson Kawamoto, both incredible coaches and people! After the no-gi classes in Thailand, I was hooked, and the encouragement from Ian and Jef to come and try it out made it even easier.

What was your training/martial arts experience before you started BJJ? Prior to any grappling I had been training Muay Thai and Boxing for almost 3 years. I started taking both classes simultaneously and I fell in love with the training, the discipline, the challenges and the growth that came with it.

Have you had any major setbacks or injuries on your BJJ Journey ? A major set back this past year has been my shoulder. I dislocated it skating in September 2020, and returned to training of a high intensity way too early without caring to strengthen it, resulting in it sub-laxing on multiple occasions since then whilst rolling. I reached out to JT about 3/4 months post injury.

How has Bulletproof for BJJ helped you? Bulletproof has given me what feels like life changing tools and knowledge which I now apply daily in my training routines. The structure of the program takes the guess work out of training and since starting the strength + mobility programs my flexibility, stability, control and strength have increased. Incorporating these programs into my routine have also helped me establish full range of motion in my shoulder again and helped make it significantly stronger. I can’t thank JT and Joey enough for what they’ve created and everything that they share! I’m without a doubt a better athlete thanks to Bulletproof for BJJ.

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