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Anxiety and pressure from the warm ups in training

I think this really depends on the instructor.  If your academy does the traditional running warm up then you are out of luck. You will just have to practice those movements until they feel more natural.  Definitely get your rolls (forward and backwards) and shrimping down since they are super important.  I actually hate doing warm ups like this. I mean they are great for getting students warmed up and especially for beginners.  And I know I might trigger a

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Learning how to relax in training

Many students are way too tense.  It’s a big reason why newer students tend to gas out when they first start training.  I think a lot of it is due to the gi. Because you’re always in a state of grabbing and pulling or grabbing and pushing.  I’ve noticed from others and myself as well, that we’re usually not breathing during those movements.  Which leads to my biggest point. Jiu jitsu is so anaerobic that if you don’t take small

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It doesn’t get easier, you just adapt

A big problem that newer students have when they transition from a beginner focused class to an all levels class with more rolling is that it gets a lot harder for them. Which is perfectly natural.  Jiu jitsu is so unlike other sports in its movement on the ground. That’s why there is this large tutorial phase. Where you have to learn (in most academy’s) all the basic movements like forward rolls, backwards rolls, shrimping, break falling, etc and then

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