Jiu-jitsu is great isn’t it? We praise it so much that we often forget or neglect other beneficial arts.
Last week, I wrote an article on supplemental training and argued that in most cases it just isn’t beneficial. Now, I want to talk about one of the exceptions.
Wrestling is great for jiu-jitsu competitors, but many neglect it. Some say wrestling increases the likelihood of injury. Some say they “don’t need it.”
In reality, though, the benefits outweigh most of the risks.
So, if you haven’t already, here is why you should learn to wrestle.
I know many people argue that BJJ isn’t about points, but in competition, that’s often what it comes down to. Learning effective takedowns can set you ahead from the start. This can also build confidence early in the match and allow you to dominate.
Wrestling and clinching in general can help you be even more prepared should you be forced to defend yourself or someone else. I know BJJ in general is great for self-defense, but wrestling can help you get more effective at clinching and getting someone to the ground.
Should you ever decide to compete in MMA, wrestling will be your best tool to impose your BJJ game. The best BJJ guys in MMA are the ones who are able to get the takedown and force their opponent into their game. While pulling guard is still an option, if your opponent doesn’t follow or stands, the ref may stand you back up.
Coordination and Confidence
Wrestling gives you confidence on your feet and builds your coordination to transition. This can be a great help in your game. Many competitors have good takedowns, but simply are not confident in them and choose to pull guard. When you practice wrestling, you start to see that you have the skills. This is not to say you can’t still pull guard, though.
While rolling is a great way to break a sweat, wrestling can be grueling. There is something about the constant body pressure and athleticism that just makes the sweat pour. This can help develop better cardio and possibly get you into a different weight class if you would like.
As I stated in my last article, jiu-jitsu should always be priority, but if you are looking to add something extra into your training, you should look for something that will also help you develop skill. Wrestling is what I prefer, but there are many other great ways to help your BJJ.