Training Resources: Getting in your mental reps when you're unable to make class.
Sometimes life gets in the way and we can't always make it to class when we want to. We can be a little banged up and need to heal an injury, or we may have family or work obligations that knock us a little off track.
Whatever the issue, many students have asked for resources to check out to continue their training when they are not on the mats. While no book or video can be a replacement for training with and learning from a qualified professional, the following resources are a great supplement to that training.
My favorite BJJ saying these days is: "there are two types of people that focus on their fundamentals: the very new and the very advanced." This book by Saulo Ribeiro is one of the best resources for BJJ practitioners of any skill level. You can refer back to it all throughout your BJJ journey. The techniques and philosophies he covers never go out of style. Add this supplement to your training and build a strong foundation.
If you hang around long enough, you'll get to know what a "YouTube Warrior" is. This term is used for people who spend more time watching YouTube than they do training on the mats. They know every new submission or guard there is out there, but can't hit any of their fundamentals while rolling. Don't become one yourself! Remember, these resources are supplements for training, not a replacement.
There is so much available content out there, it can be difficult to determine what is good and what is not. Here is a list of channels from our Team Balance lineage to check out:
Broome County Martial Arts - Subscribe to our own YouTube channel!
Tai Kai BJJ - Tai Kai's YouTube channel
Tallini Fighting System - Tai Kai BJJ/Team Balance Black Belt Ben Tallini
JiuJitsuMatrix - 6th Degree Relson Gracie Black Belt & Team Balance Founder Phil Migliarese
Animal - 5th Degree Relson Gracie Black Belt & Team Balance Founder Ricardo Migliarese
Also: Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense - Ricardo & Phil's Self Defense Facebook page
DVD's & Online Subscriptions
YouTube is great, but most of the best content involves the purchase of a DVD or an online subscription.
World Thai Boxing Association - Free and paid student memberships for access to training videos. All Muay Thai students should register, at least for the free content.
Jiu-Jitsu Revolution - Another great resource from Saulo Ribeiro, this time as a video series. Again, he has some of the best fundamentals in the game which should be your focus to build a strong foundation.
Many have asked for nutrition advice to help with their training and fitness goals. While I can't give professional advice (full disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician nor do I have any advanced knowledge in this field), I can point you to my favorite resource dieting. The appropriately named book: The Grappler's Guide to Sports Nutrition by John Berardi. I have followed the principles in this book since my college days and anyone can benefit from applying the knowledge contained in this book. You can purchase the book online, though there is a PDF copy floating around the internet if you can find it through a Google search...
These are just a few resources to get some mental reps in and help you keep "training" when you're not on the mats. We plan to add some more training videos and content to our YouTube channel in the future as well. Is there anything in particular you'd like to see or review? Let us know what you think.
Now get to class!
- Coach Cat