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Will Rock Climbing Help My Jiu Jitsu?
Is Rock Climbing a Good Way to Cross-Train for Me?
Certainly, the best way to get better at Jiu Jitsu is to do more Jiu Jitsu. Yet, there are times when you can’t train. Perhaps the gym is closed. Perhaps there are work or family obligations that conflict with the gym’s schedule. So the question becomes, what is the most effective way to cross train. For some the answer is rock climbing.
Consider the two quotes below:
"Relaxation, acceptance, and keeping open mind are key. First of all, peak performance isn’t possible if one is not relaxed, and if one is going to stay relaxed they must simply accept problems when they arise and decide to solve them. If I can’t do a move, I merely accept that I haven’t discovered the right sequence. Instead of trying the same sequence over and over, or just quitting, I will try to do it 20 or 30 different ways, making subtle changes in body position and foot placement, until I find something that does work. That’s what I mean by keeping an open mind."
“The most interesting aspect … the sensibility of the opponent, sense of touch, the weight, the momentum, the transition from one movement to another. ...You must allow yourself to go as (if) on auto pilot. You don’t know exactly where you’re going until the movement happen(s) because you cannot anticipate what is going to happen. You must allow yourself to be in a zero point; a neutral point. Be relaxed and connected with the variations. Go with the flow.”
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Which quote is describing Jiu Jitsu? Which quote is describing rock climbing? Lynn Hill, a world record Alpinist is the author of the first quote. Rickson Gracie is the author of the second quote.
To be successful in either sport, the key components are the same. You have to stay relaxed. You have to manage connection and space to your environment. In both sports, grip and core strength are key; technical skills and mental toughness needs to be developed. In both sports you have to use your whole body in strategic movement to be successful.
To get better at Jiu Jitsu, do more Jiu Jitsu. But for days when you can’t make it to the mats, consider rock climbing. It might just be the most effective way to cross train.
What is your favorite way to cross train and why? Let us know.
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