By incorporating specific methods into your training routine, it’s possible to reduce or prevent the body’s fight or flight response to rolling.
These methods include:
1) Changing Focus
Changing focus goes a long way towards gaining relaxation while rolling. Instead of just focusing your attention on victory, look to focus on some of the following and the results will surprise you:
Movements – Are they smooth or jagged?
Body weight – Is it forward, back, or centred?
Muscles – Are they relaxed or tense?
Breathing – Is it quick and shallow, or controlled?
2) Giving up control is not a bad thing
Giving up control does not necessarily give your opponent control either. On the contrary, it’s an opportunity to remain open to wherever a roll may lead. When we enable each roll to develop naturally, we relieve ourselves of the mental stress associated with attempting to control the situation. By remaining open while giving up control, we automatically increase our ability to relax and see other openings.
3) Relaxation is a priority
If you temporarily make relaxation your only training goal, this will reap benefits in the long-run. Regardless of what your opponent does, keep your body as loose and relaxed as possible and react to his movements. At the start be prepared to be submitted when experimenting with this method, but hey that's fine. Remember, at this stage; it's not about winning, it’s to flow and learn.
4) Don't Stop Going to Class
The best was to improve your ability to flow is showing up to class. It's difficult to relax for fear of the unknown, but by regularly attending class and sparring, learning along the way the fear subsides. Besides, class attendance increases your comfort with physical interaction alleviating fear. This, in turn, increases your ability to remain poised and relaxed while rolling. To get expert advice on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu contact www.invictusgym.com.au.
So, next time you’re on the mats give these tips a try and start making flow a priority.