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Well, it’s been 30 days since I had the idea to practice Jiu-Jitsu for 365 days straight. At the very least, I have to perform at least 30 solo drills each and every day I am not in class. I have covered a lot of techniques outside of the class environment. I believe this has helped me gain an advantage. Here are my overall results:
Over 900 repetitions of solo drills (mount and side escapes, butterfly guard sweeps, triangle techniques, rear naked chokes, rolling techniques (a la Dean Lister), etc…
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I have been able to pull off more submissions, obtain more dominant positions and have equalized some match-ups in class. I have even begun to hold back a bit on using the butterfly guard because I noticed it has been giving some people fits.
Areas that need more work:
I need to increase my flexibility. When I am practicing the solo drills I am very aware of my inability to carryout certain aspects of techniques. This month I will focus on yoga and stretching drills especially suited for BJJ. I also want to work on endurance. Even though I usually can last as long as my opponent wants to roll, I want to increase the intensity of my sparring. So I will focus on more anaerobic conditioning.
While searching for videos yesterday I bumped into another one of Eddie Bravo’s clips on the importance of repetition. He discusses the idea that after a certain number of repetitions you begin to “own” the technique. I agree with Bravo. Even though I have to practice my solo drills alone, they have improved my game substantially.