I’ve reviewed and written a number of posts on the Submission Master Grappling Dummy. I get a lot of questions along the lines of "its it really worth the money"? I have always answered "yes"! This week only served to strengthen that. I’m a dedicated father and family man. Its not uncommon to have conflicts with my training schedule. This week was back-to-school week for my kids. I had open houses to attend and last minute school shopping. Needless to say I missed class this week but I had my Submission Master to save the day. My grappling dummy has more then once become my life-line to Jiu-Jitsu. After the kids were in bed, I broke out my new favorite training DVD Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Requirements: Gateway to the Advanced Game by Roy Dean and started working over Zed (my grappling dummy). In no time I had worked up a good sweat. I went over techniques at my own pace. I formulated some new solo drills based off what I was learning from Roy Dean. I got in some really good reps on some of the techniques I’d learned last week in class.
The Submission Master helps me keep my skills sharp when I can’t go to class. It helps me work out new ideas I have. It never complains or gets hurt. One negative side affect though is its rough. When working with the Submission Master for a extended amount of time remember to wear a rash guard. If you don’t then try my solution to gi burn from my post "Gi Burn Be Gone". It works great for me.
Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu
Takedowns on Tuesday Part 1
Takedowns on Tuesday Part 2
Takedowns on Tuesday Part 3
We practiced takedowns a week ago on Tuesday. I had a pulled bicep and sat it out. After watching my videos it looked like Dojo Wars! With everyone going at once it was a battle scene. As time wore on you can see the fatigue setting in. By the time part 3 was being captured it turned from Dojo Wars to something like marathon dancing. LOL! Most of the guys are just learning grip fighting and takedown technique. I myself have nothing to brag about when it comes to grip fighting and takedown technique. I have been trying to improve by reading Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I did a review on it some time ago "Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu by Dave Camarillo with Erich Krauss". It has really opened my eyes. But book learning and practical application are two different things. I hope next week we have "Takedown Tuesday" as I’m calling it and I get a chance to go over some of the things I’m learning in the book. Until then its time to drill what I can solo from the instruction in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu.
Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu
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.
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