You must relax during BJJ
You must relax during BJJ. When you start your journey in BJJ, you will hear your instructors tell you “relax” or “loosen up” quite often. 2 of the biggest learning secrets are Relaxation and Tension. One of the toughest things to learn on your Jiu-Jitsu journey is the side by side position of relaxation and tension as you perform Jiu-Jitsu. Relaxation is important for endurance and being smooth and efficient in your movement. If you are overly tense or tight, you can’t move well and you’ll fatigue very quickly. On the other hand, isometric tension is important to immobilize your opponent in in side control, smash passing and submission holds. If you’re too relaxed while applying these pins and submissions, an opponent can and will simply shrug you off and escape. In addition, you must learn to navigate between the demands for relaxation and tension to be effective. Hang loose 😉 One without the other will lead you to failure. When sparring, keep a good sense of when you need to relax and when you need to tighten up. Use tension only in short bursts when either extreme defensive or offensive demand compels you. And the moment it’s over, go back to relaxation. If you enjoyed this article, always check back in the news section of www.njbjj.com for more BJJ tips.