New Year’s Jiu-Jitsu Resolutions /// By: Vincent Inoncillo - alldaybjj

New Year’s Jiu-Jitsu Resolutions /// By: Vincent Inoncillo

As Jiu-Jitsu has become more popular throughout the years since its first exposure from the early UFC days, the practitioner population has increased exponentially throughout the world. There are different people of all shapes and sizes, different age groups, and backgrounds that all have the gentle art in common. No matter the person or their reason, they all have found a connection with the sport, a connection with their potential or better yet, a connection with their life. If you have just started training or like myself have been training for a while, then you know that this is an addiction. You find yourself wanting more from it. Whether if it’s just for fitness or if you want to become an active competitor, deep down you want to become the best you can be. With the New Year just beginning I’m sure we have thought about our yearly resolutions and Jiu-Jitsu is definitely included.

No matter what your level is in Jiu-Jitsu there is always room for improvement. Collectively as practitioners I know we won’t all have the same resolutions, but we will definitely have similar ones. Here are just a few of mine that I would like to share.

Diet – Fueling my body properly and maintaining a sensible diet is important for performance. At the least make sure to eat breakfast in the morning because as they say, it is the most important meal of the day. Starting the day off on an empty stomach can take its toll on you if you like to train in the morning.

Drilling – Practice makes perfect. In a real match or roll you will be going against a resisting opponent. Practicing the technique is good, but practicing the technique along with its possible scenarios may be more beneficial. From this you can explore different or even new pathways to a better position or a finish. It will also help create muscle memory.

The Next Belt – Some say not to chase the next belt, but to enjoy your current one. Also, that in due time if you stay consistent the next one will come. This may be true, but at the same time there are practitioners whose level of Jiu-Jitsu may surpass others who have been training longer. This happens all the time and the student that didn’t get their next belt yet may look at their teammate who got theirs before them as motivation. Work must be put in to get to the next level in anything. Goals like this are important.

Training With Different Partners – Having training partners is important because we wouldn’t be able to train Jiu-Jitsu without them. They help us develop our game as we do to them. If your team has multiple locations I would recommend training at the different spots. Training with different body types and different games will keep your game on its toes, continuously forcing you to improve. If you have the luxury of doing this, please take advantage.

Revisit Your Old Style – From the day you started training up until now your game has changed. For myself as a purple belt my game has continuously evolved. From white belt until now I have played different guards, played bottom game, pulled guard and have gone back and forth many times throughout my time training. I’ve tried many different things as my game has changed and have come back to some of them as my game progresses. There may be that one move that you used to do all the time that stop working so you had to do something else then came back to it because you found a different way to do it. It never hurts to go back to the basics or even the basic things that you did before.

Teach Others – Teaching others is also a good way to improve your Jiu-Jitsu. Explaining techniques and theories with others is a good way to dissect the move and even your game. Whether it’s a lower or higher belt, everyone can learn from everyone.

These are some of my personal beliefs and goals for myself. They may or may not change as time goes on, but they give me a sense of direction and motivation to keep training. Some of you may have similar goals and some may have different ones. But I do know that our one common goal is to always improve. Keep training and don’t stop improving.

Lea Young

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