Due to the still potent risks of COVID-19 infection, training or doing workouts in gyms is still a cause for concern among Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners. Actually, training location should not pose a problem. Certain advancements in training technologies can make skills-practice and working out at home, a lot safer and at the same time, just as effective.
First off, there are several brazilian jiu jitsu instructional videos that bjj enthusiasts can obtain online, from which a wide selection of submission holds and grappling techniques are available as method-specific tutorials.
While practicing martial arts is most effective if applied against a sparring partner, there are now smartphone apps that can help you meet and connect with other bjj practitioners near you. However, this still does not mitigate the possibility of getting to spar with someone who might later become COVID-19 positive; with you knowing about it only when you receive notification for testing as a traced contact.
Setting up a training space in your own home is still the safest option during these times, which you can supplement with some of the latest tools that can help you improve and get the right results.
Modern Training Aids in Safely Practicing BJJ at Home
While they may not be as high tech or as ideal as the gizmos you find in a bjj academy or your favorite gym, they can still provide modicum assistance in working toward the right direction.
Safety being the main issue, training on your own makes it important to keep track of your body’s recovery during rest periods. A heart monitor can make you aware if you are pushing the limits, even with aerobic exercises, and of how fast your body is attaining recovery. Hear monitors usually come with a mobile app that monitors your heart rate based on the type of physical conditioning in which you engage. Take note that your heart rate tends to elevate when your body experiences intensive training.
Resistance bands can make a big difference when working to improve your bjj skills for a variety of difficulty levels. It’s a great go-to-device when looking to improve on your takedowns or throws and on your mobility.
Bulgarian bags are suitable for conditioning as well as for strength training while working on your grip. There are different sizes of Bulgarian bags, allowing you to target specific workout goals, whether simply for conditioning or for strength. This training aid is actually a must for every bjj practitioner.
The early versions of grappling dummies were a disappointment to many bjj fanatics, considering that they come as high-priced training devices. Fortunately, there are now improved versions of sturdy dummies that you can pick up, to slam and practice takedown while concentrating on the crucial technical points of specific drills.
Since lack of a sparring partner can limit your practice, the latest models of human-like torsos are now more massive and have arms and feet that can be manipulated. That way, bjj fanatics can actually train as if grappling, attacking or striking with a sparring partner but without having to worry about causing physical injuries.