A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with one of the guys at our dojo about the fact that I never see him breathing hard, no matter how hard he might be going. So I asked him what he did for cardio. As it turns out, he really doesn’t do anything for cardio other than Jitz. He said he doesn’t waste his energy trying to hold on too tight or by pushing too long and hard.
Now, I’ve heard a lot about conserving energy and relaxing since I started BJJ. And while I think I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t panic easily, my ability to conserve energy hasn’t been too great. I took to heart some of the things this guy said and tried to incorporate it into my training as of Sunday. Rather than resisting his moves so much, I tried to flow with them or push off of them. Basically, I didn’t just let him get his desired moves. But I didn’t use all of my strength to resist him either. The end result is that I didn’t feel gassed like I normally would. And my breathing was much lighter and more consistent.
I tried this again in training last night. The end results were pretty much the same. The problem hasn’t been my cardio. It’s been my muscles. I still got fatigued and sore at the end of 2 hours of training. But that’s something I can work on and that I think I can fix fairly easily.
When I think about this in relation to other things around me, I realize there are so many times we resist what’s going on around us as opposed to trying to flow with them or trying to use them to our advantage. I suppose it’s our survival instinct kicking in. But sometimes we have to replace certain instincts with better ones. We have to retrain ourselves.
Like I said, I’ve heard a lot about this before. But I think I’m finally understanding what it feels like and how to actually incorporate it.