Friday, February 17, 2012

What is Rolling?


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.
15 February 2010 @ 09:07 pm

I put a lot of thought into training, especially before or afterward. But while in the process of actual live rolling...it almost becomes meditative. I enjoy it and everyone enjoys it because it's that one moment of the day you shut out all the outside chatter, mind noise, and just live in the moment and roll. Why? Because if you aren't focused in rolling you will get hurt, but not only that you get caught up in the flow of it all.

Now if that were to ever go away, I would quit BJJ the next day. It's the main and best thing that attracts me to this sport, I'm sure surfers feel the same way when they surf. They don't worry about what wave they will surf, where, what time, they just do it.

Same with BJJ. If ever before I roll or during my roll I start thinking, what if this, what if that, especially what if I shouldn't be rolling right now, or rolling here, or rolling with this guy, or any other static noise or politics gets in the way of my free roll, it's when I hang it up. If that is happening to you while you are rolling or you are taking that into consideration, then it no longer becomes rolling. Don't put those thoughts into your training, just train, doesn't matter when or where or with who. Just train.

If that no longer applies to BJJ, then you know what, to be honest it doesn't offer much else. It's sort of a good self defense but then there's always likelihood of injury or the fact that they could just keep it standing. It's not the most disciplined martial art. It's sort of gay. It on paper is about as much fun as knitting.

What else is there beyond the zen and oneness of the roll! I ask you. If you're going for any other reason...then you are either much smarter or much dumber than I.
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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