A big part of Jiu-Jitsu is muscle memory. If you play basketball you shoot hoops over and over to improve your shot. Its no different with Jiu-Jitsu. It is just a little harder given you don’t always have a partner. So what can you do to improve muscle memory? Most of the books in, My Bookshelf, have drills in them. You can find drill routines on YouTube.com.
Here are some I like on YouTube:
When it comes down to it you need a routine tailored for your own needs that you can do anytime.
Here is a example:
- Basic Warm up.
- Basic Survival Techniques from Jiu-Jitsu University
- Solo Side Control Guard Recovery Drill x 20
- Solo Mount Survival Drill x 20
- Solo Mount Elbow Escape Drill x 20
- Solo Knee-On-Belly Prevention Drill x 20
- . . .
You get the idea? I love Saulo Ribeiro’s book, Jiu-Jitsu University. It has some really good solo drills. I would recommend you get it and see what I mean.
Start to build your drill routine by identifying where you want to improve. I personally know I want to be strongest in my survival and escapes. After that comes sweeps and submissions.
Some considerations you might want to take into account as you build varied drill routines.
- How much space to I have to work with?
- How long can I take on a routine?
- How often should I do my drills?
- How will I know I am progressing and need to change my drills?
- Are my drills effective or am I just making a fool of myself?
These are the questions I am asking myself as I build my drills. I have already begun to notice changes in my game. The techniques I’ve been drilling at are becoming automatic. I do them without thought. This has forced my opponents to change tactics and now I have a whole new set of techniques I need to better understand so that I can survive or escape. This means I need to create new drill centered around them or include the techniques I need to improve on in my present routine.
Please share with me your drills that have helped you improve your Jiu-Jitsu.