Friday, February 17, 2012

Hard Rolling Does Not Interest Me

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.
05 February 2010 @ 08:59 pm

I hear about some of the best guys in the world and they don't roll hard anymore. I can see why. For me I did all the hard rolling I can take during my early days, now the fatigue, the injuries, and especially the lack of learning no longer interests me.

It's like in hard rolling there is a high MPS. Movement per second, and I can only consciously control so much of that action or retain so much of what just happened. If I can't retain it, I am not learning! If I am not learning I am a dead fish in the jiu jitsu pond.

What I do like is setting a goal, something I want to accomplish during my training. Lets say some key positions like passing butterfly or deep half guard. Then I drill it with a good training partner who gives me constant feedback, and I work it with trial and error. It's less repetitive, starts and stops more, but way more effective. Then I focus on technique as much as result.

When you have two highly skilled training partners in drilling, just drilling for 30 mins becomes an intellectual and physical journey. And it's always worth taking.

Lets say all you do is hard roll. For every 5 mins of hard rolling you retain one move, the finish, how it ended. So in one hour of hard training you learn 12 things.

In one hour of productive training with minimal yet repetitive moves, you retain every move. So lets say it takes you 1 mins to drill a move 3 times. That could be 60 moves or micro moves you learn in an hour.

Who will be the better grappler in the long run? I don't mean in the next 5 years, I mean for the next 50!
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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