Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: The Full Body Exercise

A common fitness craze as we speak entails a full-body approach to each workout. You hit each main muscle group in different methods to create “muscle confusion”, and forestall overtraining in one area and complacency in your exercise routine. Individuals pay huge money for CrossFit, P90X, Madness, and more.

But what if I told you these ideas were already in-built to a martial arts exercise that might additionally teach you the best way to defend your self in all kinds of situations? Since you’ve already read the title of this text, you realize I am speaking about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After my commonplace one-hour class, plus half-hour of grappling, I’m constantly sore in every major muscle group, and minor ones I did not know existed.

The great thing about a BJJ exercise is each method covers so many different body components, and coordinates them into fluid movement. For example, let us take a look at a standard approach – the escape from bottom aspect mount. In this position, you’re in your back, and your opponent is mendacity throughout you, chest-to-chest. For the top person, it’s probably the best place to control your opponent.

In our instance, your opponent is cross-sides out of your left. The technique to escape involves several steps, every of which uses multiple parts of your body.

Step 1: Management your opponent’s hips

Your left arm, closest to your opponent, ought to be cupped round their proper hip. Your left hand can be on the side of their hip, your left forearm curling down round their thigh. Together with your proper arm, work it by way of between the 2 of you until your proper hand is against their left hipbone. This can take some work; it’s easier for those who anticipate the cross-side management coming, and get in your aspect and put your proper arm across your body before your opponent closes in on you. As much as you may, straighten out your arms and control the house between you and your opponent. If you happen to can obtain a stiff-arm place with one or both arms, the rest of the escape can be MUCH easier.

Muscle groups used – chest, shoulders, arms

Step 2: Shrimp on to your side

The shrimping movement is perhaps the most common in all of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you shrimp, you bridge up using one leg, putting your weight on the opposite shoulder. The bridge creates room underneath you to slide your free hip by, so that you may be on your facet as an alternative of your back. Will probably be hard to bridge with most of your opponent’s weight on your chest…luckily you do not have to go very excessive for the shrimp to work. The higher you’ll be able to bridge, however, the higher, to have an effect on your opponent’s balance and to create more room so that you can move.

On this explicit place, you’ll deliver your right heel in towards your butt. Use that foot to bridge up, driving some of your weight on to your left shoulder. At this level, solely two components of your body should keep in touch with the mat. Slide your left hip beneath your body, and find yourself in your side, facing your opponent. It is VERY necessary so that you can maintain that hip management from Step 1 as you do this.

Muscle teams used – legs, abdominals, lower & higher back

Step three: Deliver your bottom knee by

In your side, your left leg is on the bottom, and there ought to be room for it to move. Slide your left knee between you and your opponent, putting your left knee (and even better, your shin) into your opponent’s stomach. You’ll have to transfer your proper arm away from its hip control as you do that, however that is utterly OK…your leg is stronger, and will do a greater job of sustaining the house between the two of you. If you do not have sufficient room, do another small shrimp away.

Muscle teams used – legs, abdominals

Step 4: Straighten up into full guard

Utilizing your left leg as a lever, slide your body to your right, coming back to parallel with them. You can be shifting from your aspect onto your back. Your right leg will come throughout and behind your opponent, your knee towards their left hip. Make a circle with your left foot, rotating your left leg from in front of your opponent. If there isn’t sufficient room to get your left leg completely out of the way, either because your opponent is driving ahead to keep it in place, or just because you are not versatile enough…don’t be concerned about it. Just move slightly farther to your right, using your right leg to push towards their hip, to make the extra house essential to free your left leg.

Muscle groups used – legs, abdominals, back

With a training associate, do three escapes from each side, then change places…you may be in the high facet mount, bellevue gym and your accomplice does the escape. After 15 minutes of switching places and doing the escape, you’ll feel the exercise EVERYWHERE!