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Machado BJJ Makes You Better

Beginner BJJ classes at AMA consist of one hour of range of motion, movement study, and technique, plus thirty minutes of live grappling or “rolling” as it’s known in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

When we go to live sparring in our Londonderry BJJ classes, we focus on developing the same skills and quality of movement that we practiced in class. When new joiners begin sparring they soon enjoy a big “A-HA” moment when they realize that the key is to focus on personal improvement, rather that trying to dominate ones training partner. It seems like a lofty goal, but we have a very easy to follow method for teaching people how to spar in a way that fosters mutual benefit and camaraderie.

Notwithstanding all of that, on a recent evening all of the class attendees had at least a year of experience training so I wanted to push them a little harder to see where their threshold was. After a short stretching session, we went straight to rolling. I put a lot more physical pressure than usual and launched more attacks than they were used to.

By the end of one-hour and fifteen-minutes, everyone was exhausted. However, throughout the entire high-intensity session, I was totally thrilled by everyone’s unwavering focus, and composure. Even though the pace, physical pressure and strategy were all amped up considerably, everyone just smiled like any other day of gentle flow-rolling.

This example was a powerful demonstration of the benefits of mindful training. There are all sorts of clichés in martial arts, such as “train as you fight” but the reality is that constant hard training often does more harm, than good; especially at the beginner level. The truth is that intelligent training will build you, rather than break you down and a well-designed program will prepare you for harsh conditions, without you having to get thrashed on a regular basis.

One of the primary outcomes of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu curriculum is to teach you how to be your absolute best during the most challenging circumstances. People from throughout New Hampshire initially join AMA in Londonderry, NH to get some exercise or learn self defense, but they keep coming back because of how our programs improve their everyday life.