Ask a Black Belt - Jiu Jitsu Podcast

140. Rolling like it's war

September 25, 2023 Thomas Rozdzynski
140. Rolling like it's war
Ask a Black Belt - Jiu Jitsu Podcast
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Ask a Black Belt - Jiu Jitsu Podcast
140. Rolling like it's war
Sep 25, 2023
Thomas Rozdzynski

What if you could boost your Jiu-Jitsu skills, not by training harder, but by training smarter? This episode was sparked by a question from Marlon, one of our listeners, who noticed someone at his academy training as if every day were a war. Spoiler alert: we don't think that's the best approach. Drawing parallels with other professional sports, we delve into why strategic rest, skill development, and understanding your body's mechanics are just as crucial as high-intensity training, if not more so.

We engage in an enlightening conversation about the common mistake of attending a class with mismatched goals and how this hampers progress. Whether you train two or four times a week, we discuss how to optimize your schedule for maximum benefit. We also explore the importance of drilling and comprehension in Jiu-Jitsu, and the value of structured practice. Tune in and arm yourself with the right tools to elevate your game. Because remember, it's not always about the intensity of the war - sometimes, it’s about the strategy of the battle.

Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer.

Links you need to check out:
www.rolacademy.tv
www.therolradio.com

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What if you could boost your Jiu-Jitsu skills, not by training harder, but by training smarter? This episode was sparked by a question from Marlon, one of our listeners, who noticed someone at his academy training as if every day were a war. Spoiler alert: we don't think that's the best approach. Drawing parallels with other professional sports, we delve into why strategic rest, skill development, and understanding your body's mechanics are just as crucial as high-intensity training, if not more so.

We engage in an enlightening conversation about the common mistake of attending a class with mismatched goals and how this hampers progress. Whether you train two or four times a week, we discuss how to optimize your schedule for maximum benefit. We also explore the importance of drilling and comprehension in Jiu-Jitsu, and the value of structured practice. Tune in and arm yourself with the right tools to elevate your game. Because remember, it's not always about the intensity of the war - sometimes, it’s about the strategy of the battle.

Ask me questions on IG @rozdzynskibjj, I will personally respond to you and record the episode with an official answer.

Links you need to check out:
www.rolacademy.tv
www.therolradio.com

Speaker 1:

I get a question, or got a question from Marlon, which is very interesting. This is going to be a good conversation point here. One of the guys at the academy trains like it's a war every single day. Yeah, I'm wondering how that's working out for him. It's a few things to think about this. Why shouldn't we train like it's a war every single day?

Speaker 1:

Forget about sport or training of Gigi to form. Let's put that aside. Let's look at any other sport. Do you see football players playing the game of football every single day? No, they don't. Do you see basketball players playing a full blown game every single day? No, they don't See most of the professional sports, what they've done and what they understood. They came to this epiphany that we cannot play the game every single day because, one, we are not learning anything, we are not improving, but, two, the wearing tear and the risk of injuries is significantly higher if we put our body on the deck and stress. So how do we transfer this in Gigi to Every single day is a tournament, not every single day should be a sparring session.

Speaker 1:

Matter of fact. I look at these engagements as sparring sessions or tournaments. Those are midterms, those are tests, those are events at certain frequency Whatever that frequency is, I'll let you decide, but it's definitely not every day. But during those events, we test ourselves, we test our skills, we test our mind, we test the concepts and principles that we've been working on, we test the techniques that we've been developing. However, all the other times, all the other days, it is time for us to develop those principles, develop those techniques, practice and put, test it out. Go into the lab, and this is where we have different platforms where we can do this and scroll down through this podcast or wherever you're looking at this or listening to this. But there is another subset of videos that I created about different ways of training, and that is goal.

Speaker 1:

Listen, private lessons are one thing, but group classes are another. They look very similar, yet they are so different. The focus is slightly different. A physical, dynamic drilling class it's very different than strategic, mechanical drilling. One has a physical component and is designed to push you physically. The other one is more of a comprehension driven drilling, understanding how mechanically things work and how you can take advantage of it. See, if we show up to a class with a goal for something else, now one, we are not benefiting from that class, we are not learning and improving, but two we are wasting our time.

Speaker 1:

Very often times, unfortunately, the situation unfolds in every single academy around the world. Very, very frequently we have individuals coming into a fundamental classist and drilling crazy advanced techniques that they saw on Instagram or YouTube or wherever you are watching that. Or another example is we coming into a drilling sessions and they turn into a sparring world that is counterproductive to what you trying to achieve at that specific class. Now, listen, if you don't have some of these opportunities, I encourage you to talk to your excuse me, talk to the instructor, talk to the staff at the academy and try to figure out how you can implement. Academy is very. Some of them are smaller, some of them are bigger. Some academy have 10 classes a day, some of them have only one, and all of these circumstances are well out of your control. However, I would encourage you to have these conversations with staff at the academy or your instructor to really find out how you can manipulate, how you can manipulate your training schedule and benefit from it the most.

Speaker 1:

The bottom line is this for most of us, for 99% people out there, jiu-jitsu is not our profession. We are not athletes who make money on Jiu-Jitsu. We are simple individuals who love this with a lot of passion, and we simply want to train, which translates into maybe you train four times a week, but most of you out there train three or two times a week, and coming in to the academy and maximize the time that you have on the mat is critical to your success. Imagine if, every time you stepped on a mat, you could take something away from it. You could have a tangible 1% increase, 1% change that gets you better.

Speaker 1:

Within six months or a year, your Jiu-Jitsu will skyrocket. Your technique will be by far more precise, and it's not that you did something phenomenal. It's simply that you used the right tools for the right job. And that is how I look at this. Not every session should be a war. Not every session should be sparring session. We should put more emphasis into drilling and comprehension understanding, comprehending and understanding of how techniques work, how our mechanically, how our bodies move. This is where we truly, truly get better. Keep on train, please.