BJJ Drills.. Different Mentality or A Generational Divide

“Drill to Win” or “Go with the Flow” or Better BJJ?

This post really hit home with me, while i’m no Roger Gracie i do come the same era of jiu-jitsu training as him so habits and mentality wise things are pretty similar. Today with drilling being all the rage for sport BJJ competitors it interesting to hear the most accredited in the art give his opinion on the topic

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments below..

In grappling sports such as Wrestling, Judo, BJJ, many believe that repetition is key. Drilling a move countless times at various speeds and intensity is a perfect way of learning and applying at technique.

Famous supporters of drilling include Andre Galvao, Cobrinha, Fernando Terrere…

Ever heard the term ‘Drillers make killers’ or ‘Drill to win’?

Or is it?

Interestingly, The GOAT Roger Gracie doesn’t think so… Gracie recently explained on social media why he doesn’t drill but rather prefers positional sparring to develop his game from set positions:

I don’t drill, but I am a huge fan of specific sparring. For me, specific sparring is where I make the most improvements and refine my technique. Don’t be afraid to put yourself in tough situations. You learn every time you tap. Let go of your ego and watch your Jiu Jitsu get better.

He went into more detail on his membership website, Roger Gracie TV.  (Via BJJstyle.com) , For Roger Jiu-Jitsu is different from Judo and should be trained differently:

“I think it’s very important to drill a movement to learn the mechanics of it – of course it is. I drill to learn the mechanics, but I do not then drill that movement over and over again thousands of times. Jiu jitsu is different from something like judo where you can practice one throw thousands of times because there’s more physicality required to go with the mechanics.

“With jiu jitsu we must learn a movement against resistance. So, again, you drill the movement to learn the mechanics and then practice against resistance to make it work. That’s why I say I learn a lot in specific sparring because that’s where I get to test my movements in a live situation over and over again. A simple example would be a triangle escape; you learn the movement with some drilling to learn the mechanics, but if you want to learn how to really use the escape, you do specific sparring, with resistance, to escape the position. Until you practice a movement with resistance, you don’t know the movement.”

Roger Gracie in action


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