|Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes in Norwich, CT||
The New England Submission Only Challenge is coming up quick! On Saturday, April 6th, we'll be at Bushido Jiu-Jitsu in Manchester for this tournament.
Not all of our students in Norwich are competing, but we're all going to train as if we are. There are multiple benefits to tournament training, and that's what the next five weeks will be geared toward.
What does tournament-specific training mean? What it doesn't mean is one hour of rolling. Sparring is certainly important in getting read for competition (especially one with 15-minute rounds, like NESUBONLY), but drilling is just as critical. This week, we focused on drilling guard passes.
Rather than teaching a few moves in the beginning and using the rest of the time to drill and spar, I asked everyone to pick their two highest-percentage guard passes. Then I set the timer, and for the next 15 minutes, it was REPS. Partner switch, rep again. And again.
Then we added 50 percent resistance - for example, what if the guard player yanks your sleeve or shrimps to the outside? Then we ratcheted up the resistance to 75% and 100%.
We finished with full resistance, guard pass sparring. In other words, the top player's only goal is to pass, and the bottom player's job is to sweep or submit. If either one happens, restart.
If you attended two classes this week, you got two solid hours of guard passing. If you attended three (and some of you did), that's three hours of nothing but passing the guard. Even brand new white belts were getting good by the end of it.
Next week, we flip it and start working on sweeps and submissions from guard.
For more info on the New England Submission-Only Challenge, go here.