Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Tips On Drilling

Drilling is something that all black belt world champions say that people do not do enough, yet so many people think they are. The 10-20 reps you do during class is not drilling!

“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”

Try break your move down into several different sections and begin to drill each and every section slowly until you get the flow.
Once you think you have it, maybe after 300-500 reps you can move on to drilling it at a faster pace, usually until you are exhausted.
Doing 2-5 minute rounds of back and forth drilling is a good option. If you can find someone who will be a dummy for an hour or two it's a big plus!
This repitition helps to build the one thing that we all hear about in jiu-jitsu, and that is muscle memory.
Without it, you will only hit your move on new guys and even then you will probably be surprised.

1. Playing music while drilling helps.
2. Bring a timer.
3. Find someone close to your size to drill with.
4. Don't worry about number of reps to start with, take your time.
5. Try to pick one position per session. It is ok to couple things that flow into each other.
6. Don't talk, do.
7. Always refer back to your instructor if you have issues.
8. Utilize white belts. They are usually eager.
9. Drilling takes time, but if you only have 15 minutes a day...its better than nothing!
10. Work on your cardio.
11. Important! Advanced moves will take you longer to become proficient at, spend your time drilling basics. Basics eventually become advanced.
12. Drilling is about effort and hard work. Don't sit around talking about the reverse berimbolo terrapin guard. Get in the gym and drill!!!