BJJ Tips: How to add to your grappling game? The secret is dedication!

I watched this BudoVideos RolledUp with Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes*. The video is full of fantastic gems as always but towards the end, Budo Jake chats to Brandon Mullins* and Brandon ends up showing Jake a simple, fundamental and very effective move to maintain side control against a bigger and stronger opponent. The move is very short and sweet and I've seen it before on Ryan Hall's fantastic series on the back position but something Brandon said really caught my attention:

"When I wanted to put this move into my game, I think I did it for about 1500 times in about a month. I kept count!"

1,500 times! I once did a 1hr session of just shrimping and it helped my development loads but 15 hundred repetitions in a month? That's fantatic dedication. I will immediately implement that strategy. I will decide on a simple fundamental move and I will do it for a large number over the coming 30 days.

*Brandon "Wolverine" Mullins. 1st degree Black belt under Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes and has hundreds of titles in his career in Gi BJJ, Judo, Wrestling and NOGI Jiu-Jitsu, and being one of the two Americans to win the World NoGI championships two times. Professor Brandon is by far the most accomplished Texan BJJ competitor in history

"A good school is important and good instructor and all that, but the most important thing is the dedication of the student."

Draculina when asked about why he thinks his school has produced such a large number of champions. He's a 4-time Pan American Champion, 1 time no gi pan American champion- 2008, 2 Times Brazilian national champion, 2 Times Silver medalist at the world BJJ championships, MMA lightweight champion in Brazil, Strike Force Feather weight Winner and Abu-Dhabi veteran. Besides these titles held as a competitor and fighter, Professor Vinicius is considered one of the best instructors in the BJJ world. Among his students, you will find world champions, Pan Ams, national BJJ champions, more than 100 Black Belts, MMA and Grappling champions spread all over the World.



Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

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KB said...

Yes, drilling can get boring at times, but it is delayed benefit. Once you put in the time and effort, you will make the technique completely yours.

Liam H Wandi said...

Thanks KB. Yeah it's one of those things that everyone knows but only few practice :o)