This is getting out of hand.
So many Jiu Jitsu practitioners are injured, have been injured, or are going to be injured.
And if you have been injured already, you are likely to be re-injured.
Unless you change something now.
The definition of insanity is when you keep doing the SAME thing over and over, and expect a different result.
If you are constantly getting injured, and aren’t changing anything to boost your recovery or prevent new ones… What do you expect?
And if you're one of the "lucky ones" who haven’t been yet, it’s likely only a matter of time before you are.
That's if you don’t take the necessary precautions by giving your body what it needs to be in peak shape and stay resilient.
So let’s talk about the four strategies you need to do so...
1. MOVE BETTER, MOVE MORE
If you don’t know how to move your body properly, when it’s put into new, stressful situations, it’s going to break.
To prevent this you need to prepare your body for anything by bulletproofing it with movement that makes it strong, mobile, and supple.
If you do it right, you’ll also be moving in a way that is also practical by nature, not just fancy movement that looks good.
And once you learn how to move better, the next step is to learn how to move more often.
How to implement your new movement routine into your daily life.
Because it’s not enough to just move for an hour a day, even it is everyday.
Do the math…
One hour a day (even of the most intense movement EVER) vs. 23 hours a day of a lack of movement or repetitive movements just doesn’t add up.
And no, the answer isn’t to just double your time in the gym (2 is still a fraction of 22).
It’s not enough to make a lasting change in the clay-like shape of your body.
And that’s where injuries come into play…
When people are so molded into one shape for most of their day, most of their month, most of their year...
And then they try to ‘Go hard or go home!", to "Get into shape.", and then something breaks.
That’s exactly why you're so stiff, because you’re trying to forcefully change your bodies shape while it’s hardened to another (NOT because you need to stretch).
When you get this, when you do this, you will become stronger, more mobile & supple, and you’ll be able to UNLOCK your body to move with more power and freedom, anywhere at anytime.
This will ensure that you don’t have to get ready, because you will always be ready.
This is my secret to not having to “warm-up”. I stay warm.
Could you imagine a cheetah in the wild seeing the ONLY antelope in days run by, and saying “Hold on, I just need to stretch and warm up first.” ?
Say goodbye to that meal.
Speaking of food...
2. EAT HOW YOU MOVE
Everyone knows they need to eat healthier, but almost no one is actually doing it.
It’s not like there is a shortage of information today.
You can throw a piece of broccoli and hit a diet book nowadays (seriously, just throw that broccoli as far as you can).
There’s a million and one diet books out there, if all you needed was information everybody would be fit.
We know it takes more than that.
You can spend years studying and experimenting (like I did) hoping to find the right way, or you can hire a coach who keeps up with all the latest-and-greatest science, understands all the age-old wisdom, and knows how to dilute it all down to a simple, step-by-step strategy.
One you can implement to help you shortcut your success and avoid all the common pitfalls along the way.
Not just any coach, you're going to want to hire the best coach around, one that also knows your nutrition needs to match your movement.
After all, we had to move (hunt & gather) our food for more than 95% of our evolution, and it’s one of our main motivations to move (to eat!)
When you eat in alignment with your genetics, and your lifestyle, you will be sufficiently nourished and able to fuel your passion.
Remember, 80% of your body composition is a result of nutrition, so if you don’t have this piece dialed in you’re going to be constantly inflamed, constantly creating the perfect environment for injury.
To sum it up...
Move like a human, eat like a human.
Simple and genius.
That brings us to...
3. RECOVERY PRACTICES
You need to have practices that boost your recovery times if you want to move more often.
That’s the bottom line.
If you don’t have recovery practices as part of your routine, you won’t be able to stay in top shape,
And you’ll never be able to consistently train, or train more often.
This is the difference between training 2x a day 5x a week, training twice a week, or getting injured and not training for 3-6 months.
It’s critical to have several recovery tools in your tool bag and know when, where, and how to bust them out depending on the context.
This is what I do, and it makes a WORLD of difference.
Without this piece, you have two options: take time off your passion, or get injured more easily.
Because if you’re not fully recovered, and you go to train again, you are MUCH more likely to get injured.
So that’s it, utilize practices that get your body back into peak shape, quickly.
4. TAKE IT EASY
You don’t need to go all out, all the time. In fact, it’s better if you don't.
It’s a common beginner problem where they give 100% effort, 100% of the time...
They burn out quickly, they get tapped out, they get injured, they get frustrated, and they never come back.
It’s a downward spiral on another path that leads to the "Jiu Jitsu Blues", (i.e. defeat).
Even if they WANT to come back, if they don’t do so with this strategy,
They’re likely going to get injured, until they CAN’T come back.
If you look at all the pros, they don’t train hard every day.
Professionals play. They have fun with it.
Most of the time they are training easy, and they save all out efforts for when they really need it.
Of course, there’s a time and place for everything.
There are times to step it up, to go all in, to leave it all on the line.
Most people just don’t know when, how long, or how often to do so.
Having a strategy, and the right mindset, is key.
It’s all about how you approach it.
Some form of mindfulness practices is essential for this.
There are many ways to do this, but some are more effective than others.
Of course, you can just say, “Take it easy”, but most people get excited as soon as it begins and all that goes out the window.
Mindset practices that allow you to stay in control, to flow, and to take it easy, will ensure that you stay in it for the long run.
Does that make sense?
Flow, play, and have fun.
So that’s it, that's the Four Strategies.
And if you’re struggling with injuries, if you’ve been injured before, and you’re afraid of getting re-injured,
Or if you’re one of the fortunate ones who hasn’t been injured yet, but you’re worried about one around the corner…
Reach out and let’s talk about how you can live an injury-free lifestyle.
Book a call and we’ll talk about how we can implement these strategies into your life.
We'll talk for about 45-mins to an hour and pinpoint where you are right now, where you want to go, and if I can help guide you, I'll show you the map to get there.
This isn’t for those who just want a quick fix, who want to put a spare tire on their 3,000 mile road trip. Those who enjoy being lost, and aren't willing to ask for directions.
That’s NOT who this is for.
This is for those who are tired of breaking down. For those who are ready to get all new tires, and upgrade their vehicle completely. Those who are willing to help others with a jump when they need it.
This is for those who want sustainable results, who have motivations bigger than themselves, and are ready to take the first step, now.
Just click that link, pick a time that works for you, fill out the short form afterwards, and we'll talk at the time you selected.