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Some Yoga Moves That Will Help Your BJJ by Josh Stockman
It is often debated amongst many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players what the best method of cross training is to improve your grappling skills. You will get a variety of different opinions on this topic. For example, some BJJ players think that a simple kettle bell work out is great for strength and conditioning. Others will tell you that gymnastics strength training is a great way to supplement your time on the mats. Then there is cardio heavy exercises and weight lifting. Ultimately, all of these are great to add to your work out routine. But one often overlooked work out routine is yoga. That’s right; yoga is not just for fitness girls in tight pants anymore. Some of the all time greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners and grapplers use yoga as their primary method of training the body for live rolling or competition.
Today Josh Stockman is here with five time world champion Bernardo Faria to demonstrate some yoga moves that will help your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Josh Stockman is a black belt in jiu jitsu and, if there were belts in yoga, he would be a black belt there too. Josh has both a yoga studio and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Josh combines both of his passions and gets great results. By practicing yoga he is able to stay on the mats longer and prevent injuries as well as treat them. He has over a decade of experience in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and yoga. Yoga helps Josh with his balance, flexibility, and strength as well as increasing blood flow to different parts of his body.
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Check out the video below of Josh Stockman demonstrating some yoga moves that will help your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique.
As you can tell, a little bit of Yoga can go a very long way when it comes to improving your grappling. Yoga is great for balance and flexibility – both which are crucial to becoming good at martial arts. Consider for a moment how flexibility helps improve your guard. Yoga is a very difficult practice that also requires all of your concentration and attention to detail. This type of focus transfers very well when it comes to how you approach a live roll or competing in a tournament. Even if you are older, it is not too late to start incorporating yoga into your training routine. Yes, you will not be as flexible as Josh Stockman when you first start out, but just like jiu jitsu, it will come over years of practice and hard work. Remember, a good jiu jitsu student is also doing work off the mats. You should always be exploring and looking for different things to incorporate into your training. Even if yoga is not your primary goal, if you train it with the knowledge that it will improve your BJJ game, you will be likely to become very passionate about it as well. I hope you find these yoga moves beneficial to improving your BJJ. Thank you Josh for sharing these yoga moves with us today!