In towns all over the county, BJJ Essex gyms in towns like Chelmsford, Southend and Colchester have had to close their doors for 4 months due to Covid-19. Some Cities in the UK have even had to endure lockdown for a second time.
However, just because your Essex BJJ gym has closed doesn’t mean you need to let your martial arts skills weaken. Gracie Barra Chelmsford took our classes online using Zoom.
In order to support our students Gracie Barra Europe HQ launched online interactive training plus access to its extensive training library for all of its members for FREE. This provided hours and hours of quality video instruction taught by some of the top professors in the world.
Kids and adults from all around Essex were able to still be under the watchful eye of their professor or coach even when the gym was shut.
Whether you’re practicing the BJJ fundamentals, or more advanced techniques from GB2 or GB3 at Gracie Barra online, training at home allows you to continue your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu strong and prepared.
We’ve compiled a list of home workout ideas to help you keep your BJJ and self-defence skills honed, even when you can’t leave the house.
Invest in Some At-Home Training Equipment
First things first: it helps if you can simulate the environment of a gym at home with the proper equipment. Although this isn’t totally necessary, it’s certainly advisable if you want to return to class after the shut-down as strong as you were before.
The top items we recommend purchasing include:
- Mats to protect walls or floors
- Boxing gloves and bags
- Protective gear if you will be training with friends/family members
One of our coaches, Mark, recently created a brilliant video on choosing mats for your home on our youtube channel.
Don’t let a lack of supplies keep you from staying on top of your practice. You can always make your own, order things online or ask others to let you borrow. Of course, practice social distancing at this time, and remember to sanitize any products before you share them.
Stick to Your Normal Training Regime
Whether you’ve been attending classes for Brazilian jiu jitsu classes in Chelmsford or courses inself-defense for women, you’ve probably come to realise that schedules and repeated practices are an essential part of any serious training program.
Although it’s difficult to stay on track when you’re at home, consistency is a key part of maintaining and honing your skills. It’s up to you to keep yourself accountable when it comes to creating a training regime and sticking to it.
The more regular your practice is, the more your physical and mental progress will improve. Don’t let your practice slide just because you’re working from home or experiencing a new schedule during the pandemic.
Watch Educational Videos
A YouTube video is certainly NOT a real substitute for an in-person trainer, but it can be a nice bandaid during this chaotic time! You won’t get as much experience, or progress as quickly, but videos can be a nice way to keep your skills from deteriorating until you can return to class again.
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Try to find courses that align with your current skills and course level. The goal is to maintain the skills you already know, not take on challenging new techniques that should be taught by a real instructor in the gym.
Focus on Keeping Up Your Strength
If you’re struggling to remember what you’ve learned in class or practice the usual routines, it’s smart to at least build up your strength and keep your muscles engaged. Bodyweight exercises on a daily basis or invest in some resistance bands to boost your endurance.
You should always practice strength training in a safe environment. Don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities, and if necessary, ask a friend or family member to spot during lifts. If you’re new to lifting, start with lighter weights or resistance bands, then work your way up as your body adjusts.
Although weight lifting and resistance bands might not be directly tied into our Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, or Muay Thai in Chelmsford, you’ll return to Gracie Barra courses stronger and more prepared to take the next step in your practice.
Work on Your Flexibility
Feeling stiff as a board after a long day of working at home and missing your usual BJJ class? It’s time to get down on the floor and work on your flexibility. Stretch out your body and warm up those muscles!
There are many ways to work on your flexibility at home, and all of them can work wonders for your MMA practice later on. Whether you like to practice daily yoga, watch Pilates videos, or simply do some floor work stretches of your own, it’s a great idea to vary your stretching methods so you can maximize your flexibility from home.
Get That Cardio Practice In
Wondering what cardio has to do with your martial arts practice?
Many aspects of Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and other kinds of martial arts focus on learning immense control over your body, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no different.
How’s your control over breathing when exercising? Can you work on improving it?
One of the best things you can do is use a skipping rope at home. Not only does it give you an amazing cardiovascular workout, it challenges you to adapt to make more agile movements. Agility and coordination are extremely useful in martial arts.
Turn Practice into a Game
This certainly works best when you have others to practice with at home. Maybe a son or daughter who also wants to learn self defence or that occasional mixed martial arts fan. Use couch cushions or pillows to create a soft place for practicing your moves.
You can even practice sneak attacks on unsuspecting family members! 😉
If you’re used to your usual Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice, it can be difficult to adapt to a home workout program. Still, it’s essential to keep up with your training – a few weeks off can seriously impact your strength and endurance.
Using the tips above, you can boost your strength, coordination, and skills from the comfort of your own home wherever you are!