Four ways to get your drill reps in even with limited time

Drilling with a timer.

Drilling with a timer.

Drilling has become one of the main keys to improvement for many Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s today. But with the regular classes, the commute to and from the academy, work, school and just life in general, finding time to drill outside of class can sometimes become a challenge.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about drilling on a limited schedule.

Grab anyone.

When on a limited time frame you can not be picky about who your drilling partner is–be open to work with anyone. There should certainly be at least one person before or after class that would be able to rep out techniques taught in previous classes. A lower belt, a higher belt. Just ask.

Even a little matters.

It’s a number game and every minute or rep counts. Maybe you can’t drill for a full hour a day but you can manage twenty minutes before or after class. If you train five times a week and manage twenty minutes a day, that’s 100 minutes a week total. It all goes towards securing the techniques into your memory. It all adds up.

Know what you are going to drill.

If you filled out your mat goals in your Jiu-Jitsu Journal you’ll already have an idea of what to drill. Don’t make the mistake of wasting your precious time on figuring out what you want to work on. Pick one move and stick with it.

Focus on one move at a time.

Especially with the limited time you have, you can’t afford to bounce around with different techniques–they won’t stick. Choose one pass or sweep or submission, etc. and do that one move over and over. One technique per your twenty-minute session will be perfect.

So grab anyone that’s free or plan a partner ahead, add the chunks of time each week and know what you want to drill.

Record your techniques in the mat goals section of the Jiu-Jitsu Journal each week and never waste time on what to drill. Get yours here.

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