“To be a great fighter you need a good combination of speed strength, flexibility, and endurance” -Rickson
So how did Rickson end up with more speed, strength, flexibility and endurance than everyone else?
What does Rickson credit for making his Jiu Jitsu Movement So FLUID?
What did Rickson Call the Shadow Boxing of Jiu Jitsu?
What do Rickson Gracie, Conor McGregor, Andre Galvao, and virtually every world class championship caliber Jiu Jitsu fighter have in common?
In a word…. Its….
“A Jiu Jitsu Specific Movement Practice”
One thing Rickson taught me as a WHITE belt had an IMMEDIATE impact on how I trained for Jiu Jitsu…. and STILL shapes my daily training 20+ years later
At one point in my training I was injured and working a ton and I asked myself how can I get better at Jiu Jitsu when I can’t train hard and I don’t have any time to be in the gym?
Rickson’s JIU JITSU SPECIFIC movement and solo drills are glimpsed in a scene on the beach in his documentary CHOKE. In the movie he captivated so many people as you got to see “behind the curtain” just a bit and see just how different he moves and flows from position to position. It’s quite possibly the most watched and talked about scene from the documentary.
His Exercises, Movements & Drills were developed specifically to improve Strength, Flexibility, Speed, Coordination and Balance for Jiu Jitsu. I personally saw him create drills on the spot to improve specific techniques or important movements.
Rickson was a lot of things… but MOST of all he was SMART! He knew he couldn’t train all out 100% every time and show up healthy to fights. He needed a way to improve his Jiu Jitsu, develop his timing and rhythm, while still being low impact on the joints and body.
Brad, Black Belt
“Coming back from an injury is a NOT FUN. Thank God for These Movement Drills I got from Henry. They totally let me come back solid, sharp, and strong.”
At my academy movement drills are a part of everyday training. Its like each drill chips away at the ring rust that develops after an injury or when we take time off. They sharpen your tools without wearing out the body.
So I started to workout at home by myself. I replicated all the most important movements in Jiu-Jitsu using the mind frame I learned from Rickson. I created a series of 33 movements to get my strength, flexibility, speed, coordination and balance back with ZERO chance of injury…
By training them in repetition my muscle memory and my endurance came back quickly. Even in those special muscles we only use in Jiu Jitsu.
After I got injured I needed away to get back to peak movement on the mat but couldn’t spar much because of work and fear of re-injuring myself.
Repeating these movements over and over I was able to make HUGE gains healing up and getting back to training fast. In fact I came back way sharper than I had ever expected. So sharp I decided to never stop doing these drills and even now I teach them at my school to my students.
Ultimately this is the Jiu-Jitsu version of Shadow Boxing
Can’t make it to the gym? No Problem. This is a total body work out that is sport specific you can do anywhere.
Awkward or Spastic on the mat? No Problem. Develop natural muscle patterns to let you flow with the go.
Run out of Gas? No Problem. Build strength and endurance in those muscles we only use in Jiu Jitsu
Hurt or Can’t train as much as you want? No Problem. Solo drills are injury free while improving technique and movement.
The most important thing though is not just doing these movements. What’s
important is an understanding how, when, and where they are actually used
training Jiu Jitsu.
And, I break all that
down for you.
Context Matters. Context Is Everything.
When properly drilling you will also be training your mind through visualization of the perfect technique and timing.
Andre Galvao, Black Belt
“We do these work outs (movement training) after training at the end to increase stamina. It’s good to loosen the body. Because Jiu Jitsu is a loose art. It works the lungs; it also works the mobility and the mind. The mind because you think to make the moments.”
Time is so precious you have to get the most out of every second of your training. Even if you trained 2 or 3 times a day you’re still spending many more hours OFF the mat than you are on the mat.
There are tons of different work outs we can do to build strength, speed, endurance and flexibility. But NOTHING improves Jiu Jitsu movement like JIU JITSU MOVEMENTS!
By having a Jiu Jitsu specific movement practice you’ll see a vast improvement in your movements on the mat your training will be faster, more natural, and much easier!
These 33 Jiu Jitsu Specific movements are SPECIFICALLY designed to improve your Jiu Jitsu: