When you’ve been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for a while, you might find yourself training without a specific objective in mind. But when drilling in class, it’s important to practice with intention.
Intentional movement is moving with a specific and defined objective in mind. As you gain a better understanding of what you’re hoping to improve in your Jiu-Jitsu practice, you can direct your training and shift your focus accordingly. Rather than just going through the motions, drill with intentional movement. Train with no wasted movements, energy, thoughts, or actions.
Moving with intention takes coordination and body awareness. The more you practice, the more you’ll develop these and other valuable physical skills. As a beginner, your intention might be to show up consistently, have fun, and learn. Over time, you will learn how to move more efficiently, and your intention will shift to a new focus that will keep you growing as an athlete.
Here are a few suggestions on how to drill and train Jiu-Jitsu with more intention:
Pay attention to details.
One way to drill with more intention is to practice focusing on the details. You must pay attention to details so that you don’t waste a single movement. At the same time, you must also keep track of how one action or detail fits into the next. If you miss one detail, it might make your next movement impossible to execute.
Talk to yourself.
Jiu-Jitsu is all about strategy and thinking critically. One way that you can help yourself through a problem or approach is to talk to yourself. Sure, it may sound silly both reading that suggestion as well as on the mats. Talking yourself through each movement is like giving yourself a mantra. If a rush of thoughts fills your mind when you’re training, talking can bring intention to your practice by giving you a single point of focus.
Write out the steps.
If you leave class feeling confused or unsure how to apply what you just spent an hour practicing, try writing out the steps. It’s hard to be intentional and make sense of what you’re learning with a cluttered mind. However, spending some time writing out the steps can bring some much-needed clarity to your mind and practice.
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