Not every BJJ athlete is able to train all day, every day. There are some, including myself, who have day jobs. Jobs are important as they ensure that we can pay our gym fees, buy new kimonos and other awesome BJJ gear. Therefore, most of us sit in an office from nine to five, five days per week. Thankfully, after the workday is finished, we rush to the gym to drill, roll and improve. However, outside the gym, there are things we do that hinder our improvement and athletic ability. According to many studies, two of the biggest issues, not including nutrition (about which I have already written here), are undersleeping and excessive sitting.
Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are prevalent in every professional sport. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is not an exception. In fact, PEDs are so popular amongst top BJJ athletes, that they are sometimes even referred to as “Brazilian supplements”. It is clear that if so many athletes use them, they are effective. In BJJ they are mostly used to enhance athletic ability and gain an unfair advantage over opponents. The most popular PEDs are anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and cannabinoids.
What makes a good BJJ or submission grappling coach or a competitor is a complicated subject. It is also very subjective. Regardless of the views, there is a topic that lately has brought a lot of attention. Can you be a great coach and a BJJ spokesperson and at the same time have absurd beliefs?
Sadness is something that everyone experiences at some point in their life, but depression is an illness that has very strong effects and is very difficult to get rid off. Studies, however, have shown that regular exercise can improve mood in people with depression and can make a big difference in daily life. In fact, some studies even suggest that regular exercise can cure depression! When it comes to regular exercise, there is no better way to exercise than train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or submission grappling is a complex sport. The physical demands required to perform at a high level are varied and complicated. In order to dominate on the mats, it is not enough to have the perfect technique or perfect nutrition, you also have to be an athlete. One of the most important parts of training for athletes is conditioning.
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