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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-22-2016, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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It was about a year or so after I began my JiuJitsu training that I began to notice some of my classmates getting exceedingly stronger than I was. I noticed because they were just locking me up and I couldnít escape anymore. One day after class I asked one of them how they were picking up strength and they said they just started doing more after class. More push ups, sit ups, pull ups, just do more, thatís the secret to more strength in the classroom.

Sure we all start off hating the calisthenics part of training, but itís not long before we realise the importance of keeping fit. Nothings worse than coming back to class after a lay off from injury or something else, only to find that you classmates are running rings around you because you didnít keep things up to snuff in your off time. Sound familiar?

Thereís a lot of benefit that will come to your class time from training outside of the classroom, but the biggest benefit is that it separates the students who stay in the school and those that do just enough to get by and eventually get bored. It weeds out those that arenít truly committed and never really intended to keep up the art for the long term.

Those of us that stay in the Martial arts all realise the importance of putting the extra work in. Time in the classroom shouldnít be spent on fitness, it should be spent on technique. I have never encountered a serious martial artist that didnít do some form of extra training outside of the school, Its just what you have to do if you want to stay ahead of the pack and ahead of the game.

Stat off with some extra calisthenics three times a week and build it into your schedule every morning for 30 minutes.
This will give you an immediate edge over your classmates and the results will turn up pretty quickly as you ate the first in class to finish. Then add in a weight training regimen to your training. Sign up at your local gym and take advantage of the extra added strength you can gain from squatting and deadlifting.

Finally, move it outdoor, thereís specialist equipment like sleds, such as the prowler and heavy farmers walks with dumbbells. These added training hours will develop your strength, your grip and your cardio.

At the end of the day, keep the fitness to yourself and then focus on your technique with the time you have with your instructors and watch your skills and strength develop quickly.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-22-2016, 01:33 PM
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Nonsense, training isn't an arms race with your class mates. You advance at the rate you advance and doing push ups after/outside of class is not what separates those that keep doing jiu jitsu from those that quit. Everyone quits for different reasons and very little of it is because their teammates are stronger than them. If that is a reason for quitting its not their teammates it's their ego. This sounds like you're talking about guys who want to be world champions, but the reality is if you want to be a world champion this is not even remotely close to enough work in and most people have no idea the work required to just survive training with world champions never mind win. This is stupid and dangerous advice, this idea that the sport is about getting an edge over your classmates. Its not, those are your teammates, the enemies are outside the academy, teammates should be doing everything to help one another not withhold information and try to get some kind of edge by getting stronger. This sounds like it's advice from a blue belt who has never competed before who never learned to check their ego and learn jiu jitsu.

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But being fit and strong... is still a good thing though right?

I have been doing a lot of Jacare style alligator crawling lately....

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