One of the best books out there for the BJJ beginner or white belt is Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. I learned the Scoop from Saulo’s book at home when I was first getting started. It was easy for the more experienced belts to get my back then. When I learned to Scoop they still tapped me out but I began to survive. It was the first step in improving my game. Chris and Justin demonstrate the Scoop in my video from last nights class. We call it Monday Night Magic because Chris always comes with magic moves for us to learn.
Some of the finer points of the Scoop I want to point out are:
- Don’t slide down to far. If you end up nearly flat on your back all your opponent has to do for a Arm Bar is swing a leg around.
- Keep the points you win. What I mean by that is when you get that first leg off make sure you keep the same side elbow down. Don’t let them get back ground they have lost.
Even for advanced students I think the Scoop is good to know.
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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