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5 Ways to keep progressing at Jiujitsu when you can’t train

*Due to the current state of the covid-19 outbreak a lot of gyms have had to temporarily close their doors. This is the first in a series of blog post to help people get through this time*
Today we’re going to share some tips on how to keep your progression going when you can’t train in the gym.

1. Keep fit while off the mats.

Increased flexibility can be a huge asset to your Jiujitsu training and development. However, a specific focus on improving flexibility may not always be possible. For a lot of people, it can be difficult to fit their normal training hours around already busy schedules.
This time spent off the mats can be used to spend time on a dedicated flexibility routine such as Yoga for BJJ.

2. Stretching and Yoga

Increased flexibility can be a huge asset to your Jiujitsu training and development. However, a specific focus on improving flexibility may not always be possible. For a lot of people, it can be difficult to fit their normal training hours around already busy schedules. This time spent off the mats can be used to spend time on a dedicated flexibility routine such as Yoga for BJJ.

3. Mental Drilling

Mental drilling is the mental simulation of a movement.  In other words, it is the mental rehearsal of a technique or series of techniques. “Studies using EMG equipment have demonstrated this activation, which is comparable to physical movement but at a lower level.”  One advantage of mental drilling is that you can do it anywhere and at any time.  You are not restrained by space or physical location.

4. Study Matches or Instructionals

Studying matches and instructionals is a brilliant way to progress in Jiu-Jitsu. Being off the mats is a great time to watch Jiu-Jitsu matches and breakdown parts of high-level competitors’ games. You can also watch instructionals and add an entirely new dimension to your game.

5. Map your game

Some time off the mat can be great to focus on building your gameplan. A good way to start with this is to write down your favourite or most successful position and figure out transitions from there. This is a brilliant way to find holes in your game and troubleshoot. It’s also an excellent chance to explore different positions and techniques and compile some questions for your coach.

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