Here is an excellent piece from SBG East Coast Coach Steve Whittier that sums up the SBG training philosophy perfectly.
But coming back to that question for a moment, it’s interesting to see how many people, including those who are actually “40 plus”, will cite conditioning as the number one factor.
I get A LOT of email (I appreciate your thoughts…and try to answer as many questions as possible).
Don’t get me wrong. Being in shape is important, and having great cardio can be a great boon to your game. Especially when it comes to competition, where strength and conditioning can play a great factor.
However, in case you’re tempted to forget the lessons of Darwin, let’s make no mistake:
The best answer to the problem “I keep getting arm barred” is NOT:
and physical relaxation even when being competitive….
And this lesson (one you already know but sometimes need to be reminded of) goes
hand-in-hand with that.
Fact is, the best cardio for jiu-jitsu is jiu-jitsu cardio – which means that you have adapted your posture and timing to the flow of the game.
This is why there are quite a few very solid black belts who would be hard pressed to run to the end of the street to catch a bus, but will thoroughly enjoy a 40 minute roll without resting.
I’m not saying that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it certainly speaks to the awesome
efficacy of this art we call BJJ!